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Fostering Service

West Berkshire Council foster carers do much more than just provide a home or act as substitute parents - they provide a much needed and highly valued service to vulnerable children and young people

Fostering is about our welcoming you as part of our team.  We'll support you in using your experience, knowledge and skills (which you may not know you've got!) to understand what's happened in the life of a child in care, how the child feels, what they need and want - and how you can help them. 

Although fostering is primarily about your providing a safe place for a foster child/young person in which they can feel protected and cared for, you will work with others (for example social workers, schools, health professionals) to help them make progress and achieve the best outcomes. 

We offer comprehensive training to enable you to make the most of your abilities and skills (or to develop new ones) to help children who may have had distressing experiences. We've got support groups where you learn from other foster carers and share your own experiences too. Our Fostering Team is with you every step of the way.

In addition we pay pdf icon generous weekly fostering allowances [37kb] when a child/young person is living with you.

Fostering can be a challenge, but it's incredibly rewarding!
Most children in foster care for any length of time never forget their carers.

Don't take our word for it though - you can hear from our foster carers in their own words too.

Can I be a Foster Carer?

Find out the answers to your questions!

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Becoming a Foster Carer

Find out about training, support and the process involved

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Types of Foster Placements

The different types of placement that you can be a foster carer for

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