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Help and support

  • We are an experienced and friendly group of staff who acknowledge the support you need especially when newly approved. 
  • Very regular face to face and telephone contact is available from your worker and the rest of the Fostering Team. There is always someone on duty in the team during weekly office hours.
  • We run preparation and induction training groups regularly throughout the year.
  • We have support groups for foster carers and their children which run regularly across Rotherham.
  • Our training covers everything you need to know about fostering covering a wide range of topics.
  • You can achieve a qualification in caring for children and develop a career in fostering.
  • We have a dedicated website.
  • We provide essential items of furniture, baby equipment, school equipment and clothing and bedding for foster children.
  • We have a buddying scheme in place (where new carers receive support from an experienced foster carer).
  • There is 24 hour support (7 days a week) provided by the fostering service and wider Children and Young People’s Services.
  • There are many social activities available for you and the children in your care, especially during the school holidays.
  • The fostering service arranges regular consultation days to help keep foster carers involved and informed.
  • You receive information about the fostering service via our newsletters.
  • Support with a child’s education is provided by our education, achieving and learning team.
  • Rotherham's Therapeutic Team are available to help you and us manage any difficulties.

Support from other foster carers

When you become a foster carer, you become a valued member of a group of very special people. Though you're under no obligation to build friendships with other carers, our experience tells us that's what you'll probably do.

There's a network of experienced foster carers out there who are delighted to help you with advice, guidance and support. Whilst you'll have all the 'official' support you need, the people who have 'been there, done that and got the T-shirt' often offer the most invaluable tips to new carers.

Therapeutic services

The aim of the team is to enhance the services offered to Looked After and Adopted Children from Rotherham.

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Post-Special Guardianship Order Support Service

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council’s Post Special Guardianship Order Service provides support, advice and assistance for children and families who need help with matters around Special Guardianship Orders.

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Further support

Fostering support documents are available to download.

Download fostering support documents

For more information on becoming a foster carer, please visit these useful sites below. Please note all links are to external websites.

The Fostering Network

Foster Care Fortnight

Foster carers - Gov.UK

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