Fostering in Cheshunt
Sunbeam Pride Fostering Agency
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 Essex. Become a foster carer in Essex with Sunbeam Pride Fostering Service.
Sunbeam provides local support for carers in Essex and surrounding areas through our resource centre in Walthamstow. This means you will have a supervising social worker local to you and available to support you if you need them. Also, we have other support staff on a 24/7/365 basis who will help you with any help and support you need while fostering with Sunbeam.
Sunbeam Fostering Agency is one of the largest fostering agencies in the UK, we have offices all around England, please visit our contact us page to locate the nearest Sunbeam office to Cheshunt.
We currently provide services to over 75 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 West London Alliance, Croydon, Sutton, Lambeth, Lewisham, Suffolk, Luton, Central, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, and Hampshire, etc. We are members 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 Cheshunt, 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 Cheshunt council and currently holds a framework contract with them. We are one of the small numbers of agencies that work with Cheshunt. We have a number of foster carers and looked after children in Cheshunt. We are committed to building the availability of foster carers within Cheshunt, to meet the needs of the children and young people living in the local community.
We are recruiting across Cheshunt including:
- Hemel Hempstead
- St Albans
- Welwyn Garden City
- Bishops Stortford
Sunbeam Pride Can offer:
Dedicated local support from the social work team
Regular home visits
Free ongoing training and development program
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
Every agency is different, so choosing the right one means making sure you can look after your choice of foster children, get the best foster carer’s support, and the financial benefits that are right for you.
Are you passionate about making a difference for children and have time and energy to give to a child?
There are at any one time more than 65,000 children in the UK in the care system
According to Fostering Network, more than 8,000 foster carers needed only in the current year.
As the population grows so does the number of children requiring foster homes. Choosing to become a foster parent and deciding to give something back to society can be a wonderful but often daunting experience with many people not knowing where to start.
Become a Foster Carer in Cheshunt
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Fostering in Cheshunt
See what our Foster Carers are saying
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.
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.”
“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.”
I have grown both professionally and personally at Sunbeam.am very grateful for that, as fostering is my passion, and my job allows me to use my skills whilst doing what I love.
All the staff at sunbeam are friendly and helpful , I truly feel like we are all a family and its nice when we all get together when celebrating foster carers and children’s achievements as it shows off everyone’s hard work.
It’s a great place to work. All the managers are super helpful and are always looking after their team. I have grown a lot at this agency.
Working for Sunbeam has been very fulfilling for me. As I get to work for the community and get a chance to make a difference as child welfare is at the core value of this agency.
I have been in placement with my foster carers for 11 years. Sunbeam placed me with foster carers who have always treated me like a family member. Sunbeam has also been very supportive throughout all these years
Fostering changes life, I have experienced this first-hand. My foster carers have been very supportive of me and my siblings. They keep us motivated to do good in our studies and always stay involve.
Sunbeam organises many fun and informative days out for us regularly. We recently went to the University of Cambridge and attended their seminar on ‘Realise’ program for care leavers. I am really thankful to Sunbeam for organising this trip.
Children and carers receive practical and therapeutic support from the agency and enjoy regular social occasions to relax, enjoy and celebrate alongside staff and managers.
“All children make good progress within this agency, in all areas of their lives. They benefit from committed and dedicated foster carers who are effectively trained, and supported to meet the individual needs of children”.
Staff and foster carers alike referred to the agency as being like a ‘family’ when describing their experiences. The registered manager consults well with carers and staff, incorporating their views when monitoring the quality of care provided to children. The registered manager has good audit systems in place and maintains good oversight of practice.
“The agency delivers a consistently good quality of care to foster carers and children. Management and staff support carers and children in ways that exceed what they might expect. Foster carers spoke about the flexibility, motivation and wide ranging support they receive from the agency”.
We love to work with children and are really happy with the support that we are getting from Sunbeam. Our social worker is wonderful, we couldn’t have done it without her.
We are very happy with the support that we are getting from Sunbeam Fostering. We are provided with many interesting trainings and support group throughout the year which help us immensely.
Fostering in Cheshunt
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?
02. I'm not married – does this matter?
03. Can I still go out to work and be a foster carer?
04. Do I have to own my home?
01. My partner doesn't live with me should I include them on the application form?
02. If I am going to be the main foster carer, do you need to carry out checks on my partner?
03. Do I have a choice in the type of child I care for?
01. How much is the Fostering Allowance?
02. What does the weekly allowance cover?
01. Will I be taxed on the allowance?
02. Do I qualify to claim any benefits?
03. Do I qualify for tax credits?
04. Will I have to pay National Insurance?
Resource Centre - Walthamstow
14, Prospect Hill, Walthamstow, East London, E17 3EL, UK