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To acknowledge your skills & experience, all existing carers automatically join us as Level 3 & if you already care for a child we will match your fees with no payment gaps during your transfer

We provide local support when you need it, local training plus a community of over 120 fostering families

Transfer from a fostering agency to Fostering Rotherham

We welcome enquiries from experienced carers looking to make a difference in their local community of Rotherham. We have developed a streamlined transfer process to make this as smooth and hassle free as possible to help foster carers like you make a difference to local children in South Yorkshire. 

When you transfer to us, you will be rewarded and supported by our local teams, who have 211 years of experience working with families like yours. We spoke with current Fostering Rotherham foster carers to learn more about the reasons they chose to transfer to us. 

Reasons to transfer to us

Training on your doorstep

As a Rotherham foster carer, you will be able to access a huge host of training and resources but best of all, they are all delivered locally so you won’t have to travel far for your personal development.

Local second home carers 

We provide local respite care so they become a second family if and when you need support. There are also regular and local meet and greets to help you meet local foster carers and make new friends in our community. 

Social workers from your community

We’re proud of our experienced team of local social workers who have worked with many local communities and families in the area. They will provide you with heaps of support throughout your journey and be only a stone's throw away for visits and meetings.

3 Mockingbird hubs

When you transfer to us, you will also be able to engage with and be supported by your local Mockingbird hub. We are also planning to expand our Mockingbird hubs across the Rotherham borough to further improve our strong network and support for our fostering families.

We have made our transfer process as easy and hassle free as possible.

We will aim to do the hard work for you! Right from the start you will speak to an experienced social worker who has helped many foster carers transfer to us. Most of the transfer paperwork will be done by the Fostering Rotherham team and we will guide you every step during the process. We will also advise you when you will need  to tell your current agency that you wish to transfer to us as well as what  documentation you would need. 

The speed in which you transfer to us will be dependent on a number of factors however some carers have transferred to us in as little as 4 months but for others the process may be a little longer.

If you would like to start the transfer or find out a little more information about transferring, then simply call our team and we would be happy to help.

When you transfer to Fostering Rotherham, you are helping to reinvest time and resources into helping more local children in care and continuously improving the community we love. 

Over 80% of our foster carers would recommend working with us
More reasons to transfer to us

Local, experienced social work team

Our experienced team have worked in social work for a combined total of 211 years and are based in the Rotherham area, so have lots of local knowledge and experience of working with local families.

Join us & be paid as an experienced carer

We will match your existing allowances if you have an existing looked after child in your home, or automatically transfer to us as a Level 3 carer.

Training & Development

All Fostering Rotherham training takes place in the Rotherham area, so you’ll never have to travel far to attend one of our sessions. We also have many groups and sessions to provide support when you need it.

Support from 122 fostering families

Join our fostering community of over 120 fostering families, who all live in the Rotherham area and meet up regularly to share advice, tips and enjoy days out together

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When you transfer to Fostering Rotherham, you are helping to reinvest time and resources into helping more local looked after children and continuously improving the community we love. 

We always aim to place in house first

Our local RMBC home match team offer matches to Fostering Rotherham carers in the first instance. This means you are often more likely to receive home match opportunities for children from a wider variety of age ranges, with a different range of needs.

Our in-house home match team works closely with our social workers and with you, so we can offer placements quickly, in the right homes for our looked after children. The teams around the child are often in the same office so you’re treated to in-house team-wide knowledge of both you and the looked after child.

Every fostered child is different, just like our carers, so we carefully consider every match which comes our way. We’ll consider your experience, family situation and previous matches. 

We always want to minimise the disruption to a child’s life. We provide support to both you and the looked after child to help keep the family unit stable. Most importantly, it’ll suit both you and the child in your care which leads to a better potential for their future.

“You're doing some good and because we’re doing it in Rotherham - we're doing it for Rotherham children - that to me is everything. I couldn’t do it any other way.”

- Robert and Justine, Foster Carers

If you are already caring for children from Rotherham or another Local Authority we will match your current fees. If you have a vacancy and to acknowledge your skills and experience, you will automatically begin your Fostering Rotherham journey as a Level 3 carer, one of our highest skills levels. 

There will be no gap in payments when you transfer, so you can plan your finances more easily.

During the transfer process, you will also be able to evidence your skills and experience with the potential of being approved at our highest carer payment level. We will also support you to develop you skills over time which could lead to an increase in your skills. 

"We never feel alone, we know where the support is if we need it"

- Tina, Foster Carer

Support for when times get tough

There may be times where you need additional support from our team. Your personal social worker, therapeutic team and our wider fostering community will be there to support you every step of the way, plus we have a whole host of support resources and regular training classes to help you if things get tough. 

Although our team will do everything they can to prevent a placement from breaking down, in some cases a child’s home match with you may be disrupted. We know this will be a difficult time for both you and the children in your care. Both the foster carer and the child will have a dedicated team around them to make sure the transition is as smooth and positive as possible. We will also speak with you to identify and learn from the positive work you have achieved.

We know how important it is for foster carers like you to feel rested, respected and ready to look after children. We offer all carers 14 days paid annual leave. 

Hear from Fostering Rotherham carers who have also transferred to us

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Upcoming events

  • Fostering Information Event 6th March 2024
    Fostering Information Event 6th March 2024
    Wed, 06 Mar
    06 Mar 2024, 18:00 – 19:00
    06 Mar 2024, 18:00 – 19:00
    Thinking about fostering? Join us for our free online Fostering Information Event, where you can learn all about fostering from the comfort of your own home over the course of 1 hour.

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