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Fostering in Borehamwood

Fostering in Borehamwood There are many children still waiting for a
foster home
Fostering in Borehamwood There are many children still waiting for a
foster home

Fostering in Borehamwood

Sunbeam Pride Fostering Services:

Become a foster carer in Borehamwood with Sunbeam Pride Fostering Service.

Sunbeam Pride Fostering Service (part of Sunbeam Fostering Group) is an Independent Fostering Agency registered with Ofsted providing high quality and well supported fostering placements for a diverse range of looked after children and young people across Hertfordshire.

According to the latest LAC statistics released by DfE, the number of looked-after children continues to increase; it has increased steadily over the last nine years. On 31 March 2017, there were 72,670 looked after children, an increase of 3% in 2016. To support and provide a loving family home to these looked after children, Sunbeam Pride is always looking for foster carers all over Hertfordshire. If you live in Borehamwood want to know more about fostering and would you like to become a foster parent, then we can help with your fostering enquiry. We provide free training and support with generous fostering allowances to those fostering in Borehamwood.

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We currently provide services to over 50 Local Authorities in London, South East, South Central, Midlands, and North regions and are geographically expanding into further areas to recruit more foster carers for the benefit of children in care. We are accredited by the relevant professional bodies such as London Care Placements, South Central Framework Authorities, and East and West Midlands Childcare Consortia. We also hold contracts with the West London Alliance, Croydon, Sutton, Lambeth, Lewisham, Suffolk, Luton, Central, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, and Hampshire, etc. We are a member of NAFP, NWG, and Fostering Network. Sunbeam is also a member of Coram BAAF and FosterTalk.  All our foster carers are individual members of the FosterTalk. As one of the largest and most progressive independent fostering agencies in the UK, we provide quality family placements to children in care and competitive foster care payments to our foster carers.

To begin fostering in Borehamwood, fill our call back request form and a member of our local staff will be in touch with you soon.

Sunbeam Pride works closely with the Hertfordshire council and currently holds a framework contract with them. We are one of the small numbers of agencies that work with Hertfordshire. We have a number of foster carers and looked after children in Borehamwood. We are committed to building the availability of foster carers within Borehamwood, to meet the needs of the children and young people living in the local community.

Fostering in Borehamwood

Fostering children is a way of providing a stable family life for children and young people who are unable to live with their birth parents for different reasons. We always want to hear from people who are new to fostering and would like to know more or experienced in fostering who would like to transfer to Sunbeam Pride Fostering Service.

You can also download our guide to fostering which gives useful information about the role of independent fostering agencies, and foster care payments structures with Sunbeam Pride Fostering Service; as well as how to foster a child in your area and the main requirements for fostering children.

Sunbeam Pride was established in 2009 to provide specialist placements for children with complex and challenging needs as well as mainstream foster care. Sunbeam Pride is part of the Sunbeam Fostering Group, one of the largest and most progressive independent fostering agencies in London and the Midlands.

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Sunbeam Can offer:

Dedicated local support from the social work team
Regular home visits
Free ongoing training and development programme
Local support groups for foster carers
Local support groups for children and young people
Family fun days and activities throughout the year
Annual Awards ceremonies

We are recruiting across Hertfordshire including:

Watford
Hemel Hempstead
St Albans
Stevenage
Welwyn Garden City
Cheshunt
Bishops Stortford
Hatfield
Hitchin

About Sunbeam's fostering and training

At Sunbeam, we are proud of our standards and the support and training that we provide to our foster carers. We are driven by children’s needs.

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Fostering in Borehamwood

What our foster carers are saying

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This job is probably one of my favourites. Every day is different, every day has new challenges and every day has new rewards. It’s not always easy but each challenge you go through with the child bonds you and makes you both stronger for each other.

Foster Carer

We have been fostering for the last 8 years and feel proud to be a part of the Sunbeam family. At the beginning, we thought it’s a tough job, but the skills to foster initial training and the whole assessment procedure to become a carer was interesting, and it gave us both a broad insight into both the tough and rewarding side of what we were likely to encounter.

Hannah and Kashif

“Fostering is a rewarding experience as it allows you to actually make a difference for a child/young person. I feel happy being able to make such a difference whether it is for one day or several years.”

Asma

“When they told me that I had been approved for fostering, well I just cried. I was an emotional wreck and was so happy that I just couldn’t hold back my very, very, happy tears.”

Karen Thorn

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    All About Fostering Allowance

    Sunbeam offers up to £700 fostering allowance per child per week depending on children’s needs. Additionally, we pay other allowances and our foster carers receive many other benefits while fostering with us. We welcome foster carers from a diverse range of backgrounds and all ages. We would welcome you to take the opportunity to speak to one of our existing foster carers to hear this first hand.

    Fostering in Borehamwood

    FAQ – FOSTERING

    We have answered a few common questions about fostering

    01. What is the difference between fostering with an Independent Fostering Agency (IFA) or with a Local Authority?
    Local Authorities are ultimately responsible for the wellbeing of all children in public care. They need to find the best way of looking after these children to make sure that they receive the best possible standard of care. IFAs such as Sunbeam provide a fostering service to Local Authorities and we work in partnership with them. We have our own foster carers, social workers, therapists and education staff who work hard to ensure that the needs of the carers and children are met to high standards and without delay.
    02. I'm not married – does this matter?
    Although some Local Authorities and IFAs will allow this, at Sunbeam we think that the high quality care, which we consider every one of our children and young people need, can only be achieved by having one carer at home full time. Our carers are part of a professional and dedicated team and we offer them a remuneration and respite package that reflects their commitment.
    03. Can I still go out to work and be a foster carer?
    Although some Local Authorities and IFAs will allow this, at Sunbeam we think that the high quality care, which we consider every one of our children and young people need, can only be achieved by having one carer at home full time. Our carers are part of a professional and dedicated team and we offer them a remuneration and respite package that reflects their commitment.
    04. Do I have to own my home?
    Most people can foster, but when we consider applications we look closely at the following areas: Your ability to work in partnership with the agency Your ability to work as part of a professional team Your family lifestyle Space in your home, including sleeping arrangements Your health and background Your parenting skills, attitude and personality, including any experience of caring for children Your ability to provide a caring and nurturing environment. Things that are less important to us are your income, age, marital status and employment status. Third party references.
    01. My partner doesn't live with me should I include them on the application form?
    Yes please, include any individuals who is a significant person in your life and will frequently visit the house.
    02. If I am going to be the main foster carer, do you need to carry out checks on my partner?
    We regard all couples living together as foster carers applicants in the fostering process so we would require that you both have the necessary checks and training and that both take part in the assessment process. Even if you are the main carer, anyone sharing your home will have some involvement in and influence on the fostering task.
    03. Do I have a choice in the type of child I care for?
    Children who require care must have foster carers who can meet their needs. Throughout the fostering assessment process, we work with you to identify your strengths and skills to assist you in identifying the children and young people you could care for. We will also identify specific training with Sunbeam to assist you in expanding your skills as a foster carer. Before you are approved by the Agency Decision Maker, we will have agreed on the type of child who will fit in with your family. This includes the age, gender, ethnicity and religion of potential foster children.
    01. How much is the Fostering Allowance?
    At the Sunbeam Fostering Agency we believe that our carers and foster children should have a good standard of living and a quality of life. Sunbeam offers up to £700 fostering allowance per child per week depending on children’s needs. Additionally, we pay other allowances and our foster carers receive many other benefits while fostering with us. This allowance is paid when children are in care and is not paid when carers do not have placements. Please ask for a copy of our Foster Carer Payment Guide which is updated and reviewed annually.
    02. What does the weekly allowance cover?
    The weekly allowance is intended to cover all the needs of each foster child, including food, clothing, travel, activities, savings and so on. We provide guidance on how money should be spent on each child, to ensure that the child has a healthy and balanced life.
    01. Will I be taxed on the allowance?
    In April 2003, the Government introduced an income tax exemption for foster carers with an income below a set level. Allowances for looking after foster children placed with the Sunbeam are not generally taxable. However, foster carers who have multiple placements and who also work may be liable to pay some tax if their income is above the set level. For the purposes of calculating tax, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) treat foster carers as self-employed. HMRC produce helpful guidance for Foster Carers which you can request direct from HMRC (ask for guidance IR 236).
    02. Do I qualify to claim any benefits?
    Eligibility to benefits is assessed on an individual basis by the relevant central or local government department, and the Sunbeam Fostering Agency cannot offer advice specific to benefit eligibility. The government department responsible for benefit entitlement is called the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Any queries about fostering allowances and benefit eligibility needs to be assessed by the DWP. Find information by calling 0800 882200 or visit www.dwp.gov.uk Jobcentre Plus delivers benefits to many people of working age, so contact your local office for advice. Housing Benefit, Council Tax benefits and tax credits are calculated and administered by your own Local Authority. Alternatively, seek specialist advice from an advisory agency such as the Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) or a welfare rights service.
    03. Do I qualify for tax credits?
    Fostering counts as self-employment, so you may be entitled to Working Tax Credit (and also Child Tax Credit if you have children of your own). You need to get advice about Tax Credits, which takes into consideration your own individual circumstances. Eligibility and assessments for tax credits can be made by contacting 0845 300 3900.
    04. Will I have to pay National Insurance?
    All foster carers must register as self-employed, so must register to pay National Insurance contributions. You can obtain get information by calling the Newly Self-Employed Helpline on 0845 915 4515.