Of course this begins with your own friends and family. It is important that you have someone you can reach out to for emotional or practical help. But do not doubt, we will be there for you.
Caritas Care have some of the longest retained foster carers in Lancashire (16 years being the longest) because we become your wider family.
We are contactable 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
We know you’ve made a huge commitment, the least we can do is match it.
When you become a foster carer for Caritas Care you’re immediately allocated a Social Worker, you will more than likely know them well already from the assessment process. You will also have access to Therapeutic Support Workers; a Trauma Therapist and Education Consultant.
These are all people who will support you, pick up your calls, visit you at home, accompany you to meetings and much more. They are not only there to support you but the children living with you too.
The level of support you receive will be tailored to your needs.
Sometimes things are ticking along nicely and you need less from us. But should things become a little more challenging, we’ll be there. In some circumstances we can even arrange respite care if that is needed.
Then there’s the monthly support groups, the newsletter and the social events where you can meet other foster carers and get that all important fix of shared experience. We know that spending time with people who are in similar situations can help give a sense of belonging. Membership to the Fostering Network should also help in this regard.