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REASONS TO JOIN SUNBEAM There is no better gift to give a child than a family. REASONS TO JOIN SUNBEAM There is no better gift to give a child than a family.
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Keeping children together

Children’s Outcomes

Diversity and connecting

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Supporting asylum seekers

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Placement success outcomes

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Access to therapeutic support

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Passionate ownership

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Management experience

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Career path

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Focused 1:1 induction

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Commissioning strength

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Excellent Placement Team

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Competitive carer payments and support levels

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Support for further education from Sunbeam's children's trust

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High referral levels

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Positive values and care

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Excellent training

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Data security matters

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Local support network

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Excellent support from your social worker

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The Sunbeam family

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Positive care leaver outcomes

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Placement stability

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Membership to Foster Talk

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Loyalty and commitment

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Experience and support for enhanced and complex placements

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Brilliant activities for children

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Strong focus on qualilty

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Excellent staff resources

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24 hours - we are there for you!

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Strong Local Authority relationships

Simple process

Steps to become a foster carer

The process of becoming a foster carer is summarised below. Click each step for information to be displayed below. You will receive full support at all stages and help with anything you are unsure of.
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Make an Enquiry
Call us or complete an online enquiry form Sunbeam will contact you for an initial discussion and arrange for an enquiry form to be completed over the phone or online.
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Initial Home Visit
A worker from Sunbeam will visit to discuss fostering with you further, to gather some background information about you and your family and to check you have appropriate bedroom space in your home and discuss any other Health & Safety related issues.
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Preparation & Training
You will receive specific training through a three day training course to prepare you to foster and to achieve “Skills to Foster”. Attending courses will also allow you to meet other carers, share experiences and learn more about foster care.
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Approved
The Agency decision maker will have the final decision regarding your approval. Once approved you will then be a registered carer with Sunbeam Fostering Agency, and be able to take “looked after children” and young people into your home and care for them.

Become a Foster Carer!

Take a first step towards fostering, get in touch with our fostering team






    Who can foster?

    Your age should be be at least 21 years-old (although by law you can apply to foster from 18) and to have a spare bedroom big enough for a young person to live in.

    Fostering Allowance

    As a foster carer, you will receive fostering allowance which normally covers things like food, clothing, transportation, pocket money, outings etc.