Achieving for Children provides foster care services for Kingston, Richmond and Windsor & Maidenhead Councils.
We’re unique: we are an independent fostering agency owned by three councils. Achieving for Children, our parent company, is a successful not-for-profit social enterprise running all social care services for local children.
So, with us, you get the best of both worlds: you will be first in line to have local children matched and placed as you’ll be an in-house carer. You’ll also be part of a fast developing Independent Fostering Agency which is looking to innovate and develop a wide range of fostering services.
We’re looking for more people from a range of backgrounds to become foster carers.
Here’s what we can offer you as a foster carer.
As a foster carer with Achieving for Children, you’ll have ongoing training throughout your career. We’ll help you develop your skills every step of the way.
You’ll also have training before you start to foster. You start with the Skills to Foster course (an introduction to fostering, run bi-monthly) and then take a home study assessment before we give you formal approval.
Achieving for Children has developed a unique three-level training programme linked to a competency framework which clearly shows how you can progress in your fostering career. As a new foster carer, you’ll be supported as you progress through your training and development portfolio.
As a foster carer for Achieving for Children, you’ll be paired up with a supervising social worker from our Fostering Team. They’ll keep in touch with you and will regularly visit you at home.
You can contact your social worker, or a member of the team, during office hours for advice and support. And we provide an out-of-hours telephone advice service which means you can get help at any time of the day or night. With Achieving for Children, you’re never alone.
We are developing a foster care peer mentoring programme so that all newly approved carers will benefit from being mentored by an experienced foster carer.
We run monthly support groups for informal advice and the chance for you to meet with other foster carers. And we have an annual programme of events and activities for you and your whole family.
All our foster carers receive out of hours support, a web-based handbook as a handy reference to advise on common fostering questions and situations, and a workbook which your supervising social worker will help you complete in your first year.
We are currently working with the three councils to develop a wide range of foster friendly benefits. We provide a foster carer card so that you can claim discounts offered by some local shops and services.
Fees and allowances
Achieving for Children offer a competitive fee and allowance package that compares favourably with all other fostering agencies.
As a foster carer with us, and with a child in placement, you’ll receive financial support in two parts:
A fee – in recognition of your valued role as a foster carer.
An allowance – to cover the cost of caring for a child.
Our fee and allowances are paid to our approved foster carers both according to the child’s needs and the carer’s skills and experience.
Get in touch with us now to find out how we can help you start your journey to making a difference to a child’s life:
Call: 0800 085 7072
Via our enquiry form
My family has been fostering for about eight years now and we love it. We love having other children as part of our family for as long as they need it.
We love the knowledge that we’re making a difference for a child. We love that we’re playing a vital role in our local community. We’re not superhuman, so we know that many other people and families have these attributes too and could make fantastic foster carers – so why not see if that could be you?