Faces of Fostering – Steph on recruiting foster carers

Faces of Fostering – Steph on recruiting foster carers

Recruiting new foster carers is part of my job.

I recruit new foster carers, and I have recently held An Audience with one of my foster carers, Gaynor, online. I also work with prospective foster carers when they are in their  Assessment process. I love working with people in assessment because we get to know each other and develop an understanding of each other.

For example, we recently had existing foster carers who transferred over to Caritas Care from their Local Authority. They really appreciated the differences in the support that Caritas Care brought to their foster carers. Caritas Care’s team provide out of hours support and because we are a small team, no matter who picks up the phone when you call, they will know the person at the other end of the phone. This is because everything we do at Caritas Care is a team effort.

The fostering staff team has a very low turnover; I have been with the Caritas Care for 8 years. The most recent team member has been here for 6 years, so many familiar faces bring solid working relationships. It is essential to have consistency with Social workers and managers and make people feel valued and listened to. If there is a problem, we will go out of our way to sort it out, ensuring our foster carers get the best support when they need it most.

I love my job; I love finding out about people and getting to know them. There is nothing more satisfying than watching foster carers blossom. I can see the realisation set in with them as they settle into fostering and begin to think, do you know what, we can do this!

Click here to enquire about fostering with Caritas Care

Rated Outstanding by Ofsted.

Special thanks to Verve Recruitment for their support in helping us find more foster carer for more children.

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