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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - support for foster carers

Dear foster carers, We hope you are all well and very much thinking of you all at this difficult time. The health issues and concerns relating to Coronavirus are unfortunately continuing and we very much hope this impacts you and your family as little as possible but we appreciate the challenges that are currently taking place. As a Fostering Service supporting children, young persons and yourselves, we are monitoring official guidance from Public Health England and The Foreign Office.


About us

Sunbeam is one of the largest and most progressive independent fostering agencies in the UK.
There are at any one time more than 65,000 children in the England in the care system and as the population grows so does the number of children requiring foster homes.

We provide good quality and innovated family placements to children in care. Sunbeam is an established Independent Fostering Agency that provides a range of fostering placements to meet the needs of looked after children. The organisation is managed by a team of experienced, qualified professionals who provide innovative and needs led service to children and young people in foster care.

What Sets Sunbeam Apart

Why Choose Sunbeam

We offered 1,000s placements and over 500 new placements made in the last year.

Excellent support

Local support & progressive up to date training programme

Competitive Allowances

Competitive fostering allowances to cover children’s needs

Effective Matching

Careful matching of placements with your family

20 Years of Experience

Experienced & qualified staff to undertake your assessment

Sunbeam Fostering

Know all about fostering in the UK

Fostering is a way of providing a stable family life for children and young people, who are unable to live with their parents at a point in time.

Steps to become a foster carer

The process of becoming a foster carer is summarised below. You will receive full support at all stages and help with anything you are unsure of.
Make an Enquiry
Call us or complete an online enquiry form Sunbeam will contact you for an initial discussion
Initial Home Visit
A worker from Sunbeam will visit to discuss fostering with you further, to gather some background information.
Application form
Once Initial Home Visit is completed and your application is accepted, a formal assessment will begin.
Fostering Assessment
The assessment process sometimes called a ‘home study’ or ‘Form F’ essentially involves a review of your suitability to provide foster care.
Preparation Training
You will receive specific training through a three-day training course to prepare you to foster and to achieve “Skills to Foster”.
Following your training and fostering assessment, the report will be submitted to an Independent Panel.
The Agency decision maker will have the final decision regarding your approval. Once approved you will then be a registered carer.


Start Fostering With Sunbeam

Become a Foster Carer

    What foster carers are saying about Sunbeam

    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.

    Hannah and Kashif
    Hannah and Kashif

    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.


    “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.”

    Karen Thorn
    Karen Thorn

    “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.


    Latest News

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    We’re here for you. Call us at 020 8799 0930 or Write to us at info@sunbeamfostering.com