At Children First we are continually recruiting foster carers. If you have ever thought about becoming a foster carer, or would like to find out more information, please take a look at the website, www.cffa.co.uk or call Kim on 01268 567330.
‘Children First’ are an independent and well established fostering agency. Our aim is to provide quality care and achieve the best outcomes for the children and young people entrusted to us. We do so by working in consultation and partnership with our foster carers, local authorities, our experienced and professional social workers, and of course the children and young people we look after.
There are many reasons why children need to be “looked after” by foster carers. Each child or young person’s circumstances are unique and by providing a safe, caring family environment, you could make a difference and help turn their life around. Some families for instance, have periods of instability due to life issues such as medical conditions, family breakdown, learning difficulties and substance misuse. Some children unfortunately also experience significant harm from family members, including being exposed to inappropriate behaviour or risk.
A wide variety of people are eligible to become foster carers. You can be single, married or divorced. At Children First our carers come from wide ranging cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds. Some of our carers choose to work part time, while others may be unemployed or studying, they might be home owners or tenants. Each foster child however, will need to have his or her own bedroom. Children and young people need space around them for their own possessions and to allow them to study, play and relax. The most important thing is that your home is welcoming and safe.
As a foster carer you will need to have the time and energy to invest in a child or young person. You must also be flexible, patient and understanding. Foster Carers receive a weekly allowance and have the support of our professional team 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In addition we offer continual training and development.
If you are interested in finding out more information about how you can make a difference to a child’s life, then contact us through our website www.cffa.co.uk or call 0808 178 1144.
For a more personal chat call Kim on 01268 567330
We offer ‘Drop In’ sessions at our Basildon Office as well as ‘Meet & Greet’ at various shopping centres (please call Kim at the office for details)
Regional Recruitment events are also listed on the website.