What Is Fostering?
A child or young person may enter the care system for many reasons, and this can be on either a short term or long-term basis. Many children and young people will have experienced separation and loss, are likely to have experienced forms of neglect or abuse and in some situations, it can be due to a problem within the family such as illness. A child or young person with additional needs may also be fostered if their parents need a break.
Local Authorities ask us to find foster families for children or young people with additional needs and disabilities when they can no longer live at home with their parents or in some cases may need to move from another foster family to one of our foster families.
Can I Foster?
Our foster carers come from all walks of life, have different skills, qualities and experiences.
To join our family of foster carers, you must meet this initial criteria:
· Be over 21 (please note there is no upper age limit).
· Have a spare bedroom.
· Be a full time resident in the UK or have leave to remain.
As well as meeting the above criteria, we look for the following characteristics in our foster carers:
Steps to Become a Foster Carer with Credo Care
After our initial chat, we will arrange to visit your home in person. If you are in a relationship, we will need to meet your partner too. This visit gives us the opportunity to have a more in depth discussion about your situation and whether it’s the right time for you to consider fostering.
Assessment & Training
Fostering With Credo Care
At Credo Care, our priority is the best outcome for our fostering families and children or young people.
As a foster carer with us, you will have access to:
- A supervising social worker who will support and guide you throughout your fostering journey.
- Support worker/s who will be matched with your family to support the child or young person in your care.
- Specialist training, along with 24/7 support, 365 days a year.
- Guidance from an In-house behaviour and autism specialist.
- A mentor who is also an experienced foster carer.
- Membership to the Fostering Network.
- Professional Development in the form of fostering qualifications.
- Access to local support groups, giving you the opportunity to meet with other foster carers and receive face to face agency updates from members of the Credo team.
- A dedicated referrals and placements team. At Credo Care, a lot of consideration is given to introductions and planning, ensuring we match the right child for the foster family.
The Credo Care Family
We want every child and young person to have the opportunity to participate, achieve and enjoy being part of the Credo Care community.
Find out how we engage with our fostering community
Children’s Mental Health Week
To celebrate Children’s Mental Health Week, we sent a growth pack to our fostering households, which included a certificate to acknowledge an achievement, a couple of growth focused poems/stories, a ‘what makes me happy’ star and a thank you letter to the children of our foster carers.
To acknowledge Halloween, we sent our fostering families a ‘spooktacular’ box full of treats not tricks to enjoy over the school holidays.
Spring Activity Box
For the Spring break, our fostering households were able to opt in to any of the following activities:
The Credo Care Grow-a-thon
Grow your own Cress Head
Black History Month
For Black History Month, we sent a pack of flashcards to our fostering households. Each card included a graphic and summary of influential black people, past and present.
To celebrate Diwali, we sent an activity pack and e-book.
At Credo Care, we know the summer holidays can be a time of change, so we sent out foster carers a mindfulness box to let them know that we are thinking of them.
The Credo Care Choir
An AQA Recognised Centre
Credo Care is a recognised centre for an awarding body in England called AQA, formerly known as the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance. This means we can offer our children and young people the opportunity to work towards AQA Awards. The awards are designed to be accessed by all young people of school age of any ability, recognising achievements in all areas from academic subjects to life skills with more than 12,000 units available, ranging from pre-entry level up to level 5.
We can even design our own units to showcase our children and young people’s strengths. Any completed and verified award results in a formal certificate for the young person to recognise their achievement. As an added extra, we like to send badges and rosettes to our young people when they achieve an AQA award.
Follow this link to find out more about AQA unit awards and to view the topics available at various levels:
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme
Credo Care is a licensed organisation for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. This scheme exists to allow young people aged 14 to 24 to engage in a true life experience. It is designed to be fun, to be non-competitive, to allow young people to discover new interests or talents and to develop those they already have. The award is a recognised mark of achievement by society, educational bodies and employers.
At Credo Care, the scheme is open to our foster children and young people, the children and young people of our foster carers and members of staff. We have leaders and helpers registered throughout the agency to assist our young people as they embark on their Duke of Edinburgh journey.
The award requires the completion of four sections; Physical, Skill, Volunteering and Expedition. To enable our children and young people to participate in the scheme, adjustments are made, with each section of the award carefully tailored to allow for any difficulties a young person may face. A certificate is received for every milestone of an individual section being completed.
Follow this link to find out more about the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme: https://www.dofe.org/about/
In 2022, Credo Care launched The Home Improvers Group, #Credo’ssuper-duperamazingteam. This group includes some of the fostered children and young people of Credo Care and is lead by our Participation and Engagement Officers, Nikki Phillips and Michelle Dean. The name, hashtag and logo of the group was chosen and designed by the young members of The Home Improvers Group.
At Credo Care, we believe it is very important to hear what our children and young people have to say about things that are important to them and this group gives them the opportunity to interact with each other and our Participation and Engagement Officers on a regular basis.
A recent contribution from the group were the questions they would like posed to prospective foster carers when at fostering panel.
Keep up to date with the amazing achievements of our children and young people by visiting our news page.
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