Transferring fostering agencies
- We look after our carers and empower them with skills, knowledge and support so they can make a huge difference to the lives of children under our care.
- We will support you throughout the transition process, ensuring your experience is smooth, quick and easy.
- Unhappy with your current agency or looking for a new challenge? Transfer to Family Fostering Partners today!
Statistics suggest that the average worker in the UK will change employer every five years, and although we think that foster parents are anything but average workers, sometimes a change can give you a new lease of life!
Perhaps you are looking for a new challenge, or maybe you have become disenchanted with your current agency. Whatever your reason for wondering about your future and visiting our website, you can be reassured that carers, like all other workers, have every right to make a change and move to another independent fostering agency.
Family Fostering Partners is a family run business that prides itself on the quality of training and support we offer to our carers. By empowering our carers with support and knowledge, we can ensure that the young people who are entrusted to our care achieve the very best that they can.
We are a friendly and professional team who are very experienced in the work that we do. We truly appreciate and value the foster carers who work alongside us and joining Family Fostering Partners will feel like coming home. After all, if we can look after our carers then you can focus on looking after the children who need your care.
Family Fostering Partners is a Tier 1 provider on the Wales Fostering Framework, meaning that we are at an advantage over many other much larger fostering agencies when it comes to tendering for a placement. Our smaller size also gives us an advantage for another important reason - because we are not having to find matches for a very large number of different carers, you and your family will receive our full focus and attention, and matching your placement will be our priority.
Family Fostering Partners are experienced in helping foster parents manage the transfer process. We understand how anxious you will be feeling, and the questions and worries you will have about the assessment process and about the prospect of leaving an agency you know to try something new. You may also be concerned that the process of transfer will affect the children in your care.
Please don’t let your concerns stop you from finding an agency who will value and support you. Change is never easy – but you already know that from the work you do with the young people in your care! You will also know that making a change can be the first step to a better life and better agency. However, it is important to remember that transfer is never as hard as staying somewhere where you are not valued and appreciated.
The process of transferring to Family Fostering Partners will usually take about three months and we do our best to make the assessment process as unobtrusive as possible. Having been through it once before, it will generally be quicker and easier the second time.
We will make sure that you receive the very best advice and help from the first contact you make with Family Fostering Partners. We will work as quickly as we can to transfer you to our family so that you can get on with the important stuff, and in everything that we do, the welfare of any child you may have in your care will be paramount.
All Fostering Agencies, including Local Authorities, subscribe to the Fostering Networks Transfer Protocol which emphasises the basic principle that all carers have the right to move freely between fostering services and that your current fostering agency is obliged to help you in the process.
If you would like to read the protocol, please click here.
If you do not have children in placement, the process of transfer is very straight forward. If you do have children in your care, then we will make sure that a Transfer Protocol Meeting takes place very early in the process to discuss their needs and to secure their future placement with you.
The Transfer Protocol meeting will also discuss the allowances and benefits you are paid by your current provider to make sure you will be no worse off financially from transferring to Family Fostering Partners.
So, with your child’s position protected and your financial situation guaranteed, why stay with an agency that does not value you?
If you are still concerned about the process of transferring, we are here to help you. You can talk to us in confidence about your worries and we can provide you with reassurance and support. Don’t forget that you can rest assured that we will not speak with your current agency until you are certain that you want to transfer and have made a formal application to us.
To discuss how to join our family, contact us today by filling in the form below, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by using the live chat box on our website.