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
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.
More reasons to transfer to us
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.
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