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Could you foster?

Monday, May 20th, 2019

When we ask people the question, “could you foster?” we often get the same replies or questions. As it is #FosteringFortnight, we thought this would be a good time to put some FAQs out there and debunk some common myths about fostering.

  1. “I’m too old to foster”

Fostering has no upper age limit and in fact, some people have fostered into their 70’s. As long as the child’s needs are met, no upper age limit applies to foster carers.

  1. “I have a job”

It is not a requirement of foster carers to give up their job, as long as you are willing to prioritise the child in your care and understand the commitment you are making when you agree to become a foster carer.

  1. “I don’t know how long I could foster for”

The period of time that a person fosters a child for is completely dependent on the circumstances. There is no average length and the whole journey is supported.

  1. “I have children”

Having children is not a barrier to becoming a foster carer. In fact, it is up to your fostering manager to assess and support whether or not you could foster whilst already looking after your own children.

  1. “I am single”

You do not have to be married or cohabiting in order to become a foster carer.

  1. “I can’t afford to foster”

asphaleia offers a comprehensive and competitive rate for foster carers to ensure that both the child and the foster carer can live a safe and stable life.

  1. “I don’t understand how to get involved in fostering”

Simply get in touch to arrange a chat with our fostering manager Kim so that she can tell you more about what it’s like to be a foster carer. We want foster carers who are looking to ensure the safety, development and achievement of young people who need a home.

Call 01903 522966 or email kimscillitoe@asphaleia.co.uk today.

Joint venture open morning

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

On Saturday 11th May from 10.30am – 12pm, we will be hosting a joint venture open morning for our Fostering and Training provisions at our Training Centre.

Fostering

Our fostering manager Kim has a wealth of experience training and supporting foster carers from the start of their journey with asphaleia. We are currently in great need of foster carers and offer competitive rates of pay, training and support, as well as a rewarding job. Kim will be giving a short presentation to people who may be interested in fostering or would like to find out more.

Training

It is an exciting time for us at asphaleia training, with three programmes on offer to 16 – 24-year-olds. We want to make sure that anyone interested in any of our diverse programmes has all of the information they need, which is why our engagement officer Gracie will be giving a short presentation on Saturday morning in order to explain our different programmes and what they can offer.

We will have refreshments and activities for all of the family in a relaxed and informal setting,so why not come along and find out what we can offer you? We hope to see you at 22 Liverpool Gardens, Worthing, BN11 1RY on 11th May 2019, from 10.30 – 12.

 

If you have any questions or comments, or to book your place, please email gracie.thorne@asphaleia.co.uk or call us directly on 01903 522966.

5 Reasons You Should Consider Fostering as Your Next Career

Monday, February 18th, 2019

“Supporting you to support the child in your care.”

1. You can work another job, as long as fostering takes priority
Fostering is a big commitment but one that will change your life and the life of someone else. One misconception about fostering can be that you have to give up your current career in order to become a foster carer. However, if you can prioritize the needs of the child in your care and feel that your time is being distributed effectively on what they need, then fostering is definitely an area you could explore further with asphaleia alongside your current career.

2. You will learn new skills
What kind of skills do you need to become a foster carer? Many of the essential qualities may already exist, such as empathy, care, tolerance and patience. At asphaleia, we would help you to cultivate these skills.

3. Comprehensive support is available
Along with 24/7 support, we give mandatory training for all of our foster carers. We invite you to training days on a monthly basis and you will have an individual personal development plan to ensure your own needs are met; supporting you to support the child in your care.

Ofsted good provider

asphaleia fostering are rated ‘good’ by Ofsted

4. You may be able to make that hard time a little easier
Children in foster care require a lot of time, care, and patience, but the end result can be amazing for both of you. You can show them that a caring, supportive home is out there for them, regardless of their start in life.

5. You will make a real difference
You will be doing your part to help a child become a grounded individual through foster care. At asphaleia, we pride ourselves in positive outcomes for young people and we are looking for caring and supportive people who want to make a real difference. If you could be that person, we want to work with you.

For more information, please contact Kim on 01903 823546.

Interested in a Rewarding Career? Find Out About Fostering with asphaleia

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

asphaleia fostering are recruiting foster carers in the South East.

Who is the asphaleia fostering team?

The team has a dedicated team of foster carers who maintain high levels of care for vulnerable children and young people. We offer a competitive package of benefits, training and support networks to ensure our foster carers are looked after and never face challenging days on their own.

Where do we cover?

The asphaleia fostering team provides placements across the South East and work together to provide safe and secure homes for children and young people.

How do we make a difference?

Fostering enables us to make a positive difference to any vulnerable child’s life promoting their future growth and development. We believe that the presence of a supportive, encouraging and approving foster family can greatly enhance a child’s self-esteem and help them to grow into confident and well-adjusted adults. Furthermore, asphaleia fostering offers additional services to support successful foster placements for children and young people. These include flexible education projects, learning support, independent living skills and English for speakers of other languages.

Why foster?

Fostering is a career. When you join asphaleia, you join a team of people highly motivated to work with children and young people. You are included in staff events, training and participate in our successful personal development programme. Whether you join us as an experienced foster carer or are considering fostering for the first time, we provide the environment to help you grow as a unique individual and professional carer. We offer support tailored to your unique fostering situation that will facilitate your success.
We will provide you with training to ensure that you have the knowledge base needed to carry out the fostering task. Training will include safe caring practices, behaviour management and first aid. In addition, you will have a Supervising Social Worker who is responsible for assessing and addressing your ongoing needs as a carer.

If you would like more information, please call 01903 522966 and ask for Kim.

asphaleia fostering Celebrates a GOOD Ofsted Grade

Monday, July 30th, 2018

asphaleia is delighted with the outcome of a recent Ofsted fostering inspection, in which we were judged to be GOOD.

asphaleia’s fostering team was inspected on 4th June 2018, and we are thrilled with the result! The Inspector reported that asphaleia’s ”Children make good progress from their starting points in long-term placements.” and that they are ”placed with committed carers who accept them into their wider families. They are particularly well supported and guided to overcome their often-complex personal and social difficulties”.

We are really proud of our dedicated and passionate team who work extremely hard to support our devoted foster carers to motivate our children to achieve their potential. We are delighted Ofsted recognised this, reporting that managers and staff have a strong commitment to the work and have a clear understanding of the needs of the children. A strength of the agency is that children have access to learning delivered by other projects within the organisation. Children have attended workshops based on staying safe and appropriate use of social media. One-to-one support is available to children at risk of child sexual exploitation or currently experiencing exploitation.

Foster carers work carefully with children, helping them to understand and reflect on their family history and cultural background and support them in maintaining their individual faiths. A young person said, ‘I felt at home from the moment I came here. The foster carers understand me, they speak my language, help me to keep my faith and cook food I enjoy. That means all is very good.’

We couldn’t be more pleased with this fantastic news and we can’t wait to recruit more foster carers so they can help young people to gain qualifications and achieve their potential. Since being awarded Good we have been really busy with a recruitment drive to increase our team of foster carers. We welcome new foster carers all year round, so contact us on 01903 823546 if you or any one you know would like to enquire about being a foster carer and we will arrange a time to visit you and answer any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

What Can I Expect Once I am a Foster Carer?

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

When you join asphaleia, you join a team of people highly motivated to work with children and young people. You are included in staff events, training and participate in our successful Personal Development programme.

Whether you join us as an experienced foster carer or are considering fostering for the first time, we provide the environment to help you grow as a unique individual and professional carer. We offer support tailored to your unique fostering situation that will facilitate your success.

We will provide you with training to ensure that you have the knowledge base needed to carry out the fostering task. Training will include safe caring practices, behaviour management, first aid etc, so that you know what is expected of you. In addition, you will have a Supervising Social Worker who is responsible for assessing and addressing your ongoing needs as a carer. You will also have regular supervision sessions.

If you want to make an enquiry, please call us on 01903 522966.

        

How Do I Become a Foster Carer?

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

Once you have decided to be an asphaleia foster carer and made the call to us we will arrange to visit you. Your assessment process can take up to six months. Our supervising social worker will tell you more about the assessment process at your home visit, as it can look different for each new carer.

Don’t forget, you can contact the office at anytime on 01903 522966. 

We know there is a lot of information to consider when deciding whether you would like to become a foster carer. We want to make the process as smooth for you and your family as possible.

A home visit is an informal meeting between our supervising social worker and you in your home. They last up to one hour and are booked at a time suitable to you, whether it be during the day or in the evening. Home visits provide us with an opportunity to get to know each other better, without the formal setting of an office. We will ask you questions such as why are you interested in fostering, what age group you would prefer to foster, how do your own children feel about your fostering etc. You can also ask us any questions that you have.

It is the ideal time for us to discuss with you whether application is right for you or other steps you can take to help you consider the commitment fully. Any member of your household who will be applying to be a carer (husband, child over age of 21, other relative etc) must be present at this meeting.

Whilst it is an informal meeting, your home visit is an opportunity for us to assess you. If we do not feel you are ready to proceed with an application at this point, we will tell you following this visit.

After your home visit, if you feel you would like to apply to join our agency, you will be able to do so. We will be unable to accept your application until you have had this initial home visit.

    

Who Can Be a Foster Carer?

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

The requirements for becoming a foster carer are quite simple. At asphaleia, we are looking for energetic people with a passion for children and young people, as well as an interest in learning and developing their skills, being flexible, patient and an ongoing commitment to training is essential. If you think you fit what we are looking for, you could be joining our team very soon!

To be a foster carer you must:

  • Be over 21
  • Have a spare room

You can foster if:

  • You are single
  • You work
  • You rent your home
  • You have one or more spare bedrooms
  • You are in a same-sex relationship
  • You are retired
  • You have no experience of working with children
  • You have your own family
  • You are divorced
  • You would prefer to only foster babies
  • You do not have any qualifications

Please call us on 01903 522966 to find out more about being a foster carer.

    

Foster Carers Fortnight – Who Needs Foster Care?

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

There are many reasons why children come into care and need to live with foster carers. All children who need foster carers will have experienced disruption and separation from their families. The time a child may stay with a foster carer will vary from a few days to a couple of months. It could be as long as a year or even longer. At asphaleia we need carers who can care for:

Teenagers

Teenagers need carers who are able to listen to them and help them make sense of the world and their role within it. Patience and understanding are crucial qualities for foster carers of this age group as is the ability to lay down clear and fair boundaries. At asphaleia we work with many nationalities of teenagers.

Sibling groups

At asphaleia we believe that where possible siblings should be kept together. At times of separation from their parents or under a severe sense of loss siblings take comfort from the stability they get from each other. Taking more than one foster child into your home may seem daunting but you will receive all the support you need.

Parent and Baby

Becoming a parent can be an overwhelming task. Sometimes parents need that extra guidance and support to help keep their baby safe.

Special needs

Some children have special needs which can be physical, behavioural or educational. Children with special needs require specialist care and attention.

To find out more or to make an enquiry, please click here to visit our website.

Asphaleia Fostering News Flash!

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Good news for our foster carers! From January 2018 we have decided to open up our monthly training sessions and workshops to our foster carer’s families, adult birth children and friends and family support networks. We recognise that fostering is very much a family affair. Fostering children makes a difference to everyone in the foster home, including adult sons, daughters other wider family members and friends.

Having foster children living in your home can be a positive and rewarding experience for the whole family. Sons, daughters, families and friends have a very important role to play. and families can experience a range of emotions, both positive and negative and there will be highs and lows for everyone in the family.

To keep the home safer for everyone, some of the every day things you do as a family changes and this impacts everyone. We appreciate the input from family and friends to children and young people and we hope the invitations to regular training and workshops can help our carers and the fostered children to feel safe and also help everyone keep themselves safe.