Over the course of Foster Care Fortnight this year, we’ve been taking some time to think about what all the different parts of fostering mean to us here at Team Fostering; from our recruitment team who introduce potential foster carers to the agency; our fantastic social workers who support our existing foster carers to provide safe, stable homes for young people; to our extremely valuable foster carers, who help us put children at the centre of the work we do. Through the whole agency, we have a great number of people in many different roles who each play their own important part in the fostering process – and today, we want to throw a spotlight on that.
Our goals, as a not-for-profit independent fostering agency, would be impossible to achieve without our staff working together to provide guidance and support to our children, carers and each other. We’ve worked hard to stay connected in many new ways– with group video calls, online training and one to one support taking place on a daily basis.
As Team Fostering CEO Jane Butler explains, “All of our amazing staff play a major part in supporting our foster families, it’s a real team effort and together we make a big difference to children’s futures. It’s a privilege to be able to work alongside such a fantastic group of people.”
Allison Poyzer, Placements Officer continues: “My colleagues at Team Fostering are the best I have ever worked with. Always there is a friendly smile, an encouraging word, a supportive hug. I arrived at Team Fostering a stranger and 6 years later have friends for life.”
Rachael Johnson, Assistant Director (North East) echoes this: “I really value the people I work with at Team Fostering, both staff and carers. I absolutely believe that we are all part of Team Fostering because we want the best for children and young people. There is a real sense of pride in belonging to an agency that can honestly say that putting children’s futures first is at the heart of everything we do.”
Don’t just take our word for it though, our foster carers value working with us just as much, as Catherine says: “Working with Team Fostering is great. It’s a caring and supportive organisation, one I really believe has children and foster carers as their top priority. They go above and beyond when you need support in hard times, and they’re fun!”
The sense of community at Team Fostering is a driving force behind our work, so wrap up our Foster Care Fortnight, we asked our team to share what Team Fostering means to them – watch our video below:
If you'd like to learn more about becoming a foster carer with Team Fostering, you can contact us in the following ways: