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Thinking of fostering?

Our foster carers tell us that looking after our children and young people is more rewarding than words can say.

However, fostering doesn’t come without a few challenges, and we believe every foster carer needs access to reliable, round-the-clock support from people they can trust.

Support with fostering

When you foster with us you’ll be supported by a team of qualified specialist social workers who have undertaken additional training, meaning the guidance you receive is second to none.

You’ll also be a valued member of a multi-agency team around the child, with ongoing supervision to ensure you always have a space to discuss any worries you may have.

Here are some other ways in which we offer one of the most supportive and empowering foster care experiences possible: 

  • minimum monthly supervision and support from your Supervising Social Worker
  • mentoring from a more experienced carer
  • support for your own children at home
  • access to our foster carer support groups
  • opportunities for you to engage in the development of the service
  • specialist support and consultation from East Ayrshire’s Psychological Services
  • core training and access to further learning via regular workshop-based training, access to Kate Cairns Associates Online training and specialist training depending on the needs of the children being cared for
  • access to peer support events throughout the year
  • activity events for both carers and children
  • access to peer mentoring
  • competitive fostering fees and allowances
  • out-of-hours telephone support from residential child care staff trained in DDP (Dyadic Development Psychotherapy) and TSI (Therapeutic Crisis Intervention) principles
  • we will cover the cost of your annual membership to The Fostering Network, which provides support, access too materials, information and legal advice
  • every year our service is independently evaluated by The Care Inspectorate - read our latest Fostering Service report (PDF 340Kb)
  • and lots more

Find out more about fostering

Get in touch with us to start your fostering journey today.

Contact Information

Fostering and Adoption
Telephone: 01563 554200 (Option 2)