Break Fostering

Could you help transform a child's life by providing a safe, loving home?

A charity-led service with a uniquely caring, supportive approach

We would love to speak to people from all backgrounds about how fostering can change lives for the better (both yours and a foster child's!).

Providing a safe, nurturing environment for a vulnerable child can be an incredibly rewarding experience.

We'd be delighted to discuss the process with you, and about how being part of the Break 'family' will help you every step of the way.

 

Be paid up to £600 a week depending on the nature of the placement

"We looked at every fostering agency in the area but wanted to work with one which shared our values - Break was the only one for us. It is definitely not a 'for-profit' operation and everyone in it really cares about the children"

Break foster carer

Is fostering right for you?

We understand that the decision to become a foster carer is a huge one, so we've put this guide together to help you find out more information about fostering with Break before registering your intent.

Therapeutic Parenting

All children and young people in Break's fostering services will have had a difficult and troubling start to their lives, and this often means that trusting and forming attachments with their care givers is really hard. This is why we think therapeutic parenting is so important.

"Therapeutic parenting" describes a style of care designed to support a child or young person in developing feelings of safety and connectedness. Therapeutic parenting sees behaviour as a form of communication rather than as something to be managed.

About Break

Break is an innovative East Anglian charity creating a brighter tomorrow for children and young adults on the edge of care, leaving care and beyond.

Our team is packed with experience in supporting vulnerable children and young people. You will be provided with expert training and support through your application and placement.

Break's services aren't just about keeping a roof over a young person's head. They're also about helping each and every young person thrive, no matter their start in life. So we'll always be here for you and your young person.

Can I carry on working?

Foster caring is a full-time job, and in our experience we find that continuing to work alongside your role as a foster carer is difficult. Your role will involve being available for meetings and appointments during the day as well as attending review meetings, medical appointments and training for instance.

In a two person fostering household we would expect one of the partnership to be a full-time foster carer.

You will be paid for fostering, and as part of your decision to become a foster carer we would ask you to consider whether this role can work for you financially.

Do I get paid for fostering?

Yes, you will be remunerated for your fostering role. On average when you have a child in your care you will earn in the region of £600 per week plus some travelling expenses. If you need more information about how much you will be paid, please ask a member of the team who will be very happy to help.

How old do I need to be to foster?

Foster carers need to be 21 or older. There is no upper age limit - you just need to enough energy and enthusiasm to keep up with the young people in your care.

Does it matter if I'm single, married or in a relationship?

No relationship status disqualifies you from being a foster carer. No matter your relationship status, the impact on your friends and family will be part of the Form F assessment process to see the impact on your support network.

Can I foster if I already have children? Or if I don't have children?

Absolutely - we have worked with lots of foster carers who already have children. Some of those children are still living at home, whilst others decide to take on fostering once their own children have grown up. You can also foster if you have no children of your own.

Do I need a spare room?

Yes, the child in your care will need their own room.

Can I have pets and foster?

Yes. Any pets in the home will be looked at as part of your Form F assessment. You will need to consider how your pet responds to children.

What happens about holidays?

Normally, we would expect foster carers to take the child they are caring for with them on holiday.

All foster carers will have a support care plan which is led by the child they are caring for. This care plan could include overnight stays where the child would stay away from your home but it would depend on their needs. Break has part-time and support carers to help in such instances.

What happens once a child turns 18?

We always work with you and your child's Local Authority social worker to plan for your child post 18. If you would like your child to remain living with you post 18 then they can do so under a Staying Put arrangement. You will no longer be in a foster care role for this child but the LA will continue to fund you at a different rate for you to continue to offer your child a home.

Alternatively, if your child wishes to move on at 18 or you are not in a position to be able to offer Staying Put, Break have a service called Staying Close, Staying Connected for residential care leavers which is being expanded to include young people in fostering (Fostering Futures). The service supports them in their first steps towards fully independent living. We are able to offer them a home, and a Break Transition Worker to support them as they move out of care and into their own accommodation.

As the young person approaches the age of 18, we will work together with them and you to explore options for them to move on to. Each individual will be different and we will work together to find the best option for the young person.

Any young person in Break's services benefits from our lifelong offer. It's our promise that no matter how old they may be, we are always here for them to turn to

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