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Fostering Service

Through West Berkshire Council, Foster Carers do much more than just provide a home or act as substitute parents

Fostering and short breaks (or respite) caring is about welcoming you as part of our team.  We'll support you in using your skills to help us understand how the child feels, what they need and what they want. 

It's sometimes also about working with the child's family, or about becoming involved with agencies that look out for the child's wellbeing. This might include joining in with meetings to try to piece together the jigsaw of their current needs and to plan for what they'll need in the future.

Unlike other agencies, we offer fantastic essential training to let you 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 great support groups to give you a chance to learn from other carers and share your own experiences too. Our fostering experts are with you every step of the way.

On top of this, we'll pay you pdf icon generous allowances [37kb].

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!

GO TO Can I be a Foster Carer?

Becoming a Foster Carer

Find out about training, support and the process involved

GO TO Becoming a Foster Carer

Types of Foster Placements

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

GO TO Types of Foster Placements