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Help make a positive change to a child’s life by fostering

  • It’s a Hugely Rewarding Career
  • There’s a Big Demand for Foster Carers
  • We Provide all the Training you Need
  • You’ll get Extensive Support and Guidance
  • We Pay Generous Allowances and Fees
  • We have Short and Long Term Placements
  • Babies, Children and Teenagers Ages 0 to 18
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Criteria for people who can apply to become foster carers with Horizon Fostering Services

Help make a positive change to a child’s life by fostering

  • A UK resident or with indefinite leave to remain in the UK.
  • Aged 21 years (with relevant experience such as working in a nursery, school, support, care worker, youth worker) – there is no upper age limit, however applicants must have good physical stamina.
  • Geographical location – Inner and outer London (in and around the M25 – Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Luton, Cambridge and Essex).
  • No educational qualifications required.
  • Couples or single people of any gender.
  • Any sexual orientation.
  • Any ethnicity.
  • Any religion.
  • Be willing to have a Disclosure and Barring Service check completed on all family members aged 18 and over who live in the fostering household. Any sexual or violent crimes against children or vulnerable adults are likely to disqualify someone from becoming foster carer.
  • Be in good physical and mental health, have the energy, patience and resilience to work with fostering challenges.
  • If in a relationship, the relationship should be a minimum of 2 years cohabiting or married.
  • A willingness to work with all forms of diversity including an understanding of LGBTQ. Horizon Fostering Services has zero tolerance to discriminatory attitudes.
  • It must be the right time for you and dependent children. Children in the household must be agreeable to fostering.
  • A strong established support network of family and friends who can support you with fostering.
  • Live in rented accommodation (with landlord consent to fostering in the home) or own their own home. Your home should be in a good state of repair and offer a safe and hazard free environment for a fostered child.
  • Must have a have spare bedroom for fostering – birth children over 8 years of different gender should not share a bedroom.
  • Have the availability meet children’s needs; cook meals, wash a child’s clothes and support with personal care where appropriate, take children to school and collect from school, help with homework, to take children to supervised contact, attend meetings, etc.
  • Household finance should be stable as placements are not guaranteed, the fostering allowance cannot be relied upon as income.
  • Be an approved foster carer looking to transfer to a new agency.
  • Full driving licence and use of own car, willing to learn to drive or has a nominated driver in the household.
  • Able to use own computer, laptop or tablet to complete placement records and email.
  • Willing to learn about therapeutic care and what is in the best interest of a child through training and supervision.
  • All foster carers must be able to attend core and development training proposed by the agency, this includes joint carers. We expect you to attend network meetings for your personal development and to keep abreast with legislative and policy changes as well as the agency’s development. Supervision is mandatory and with joint couples the carer supporting is expected to make themselves available for supervision periodically.
  • Provide a nurturing family environment, where a fostered child experience being a part of a loving family.

Updated May 31st

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At Horizon we are acutely aware that without you we would not exist, without you we could not offer the range and level of support we do to fostered children.

You can make a huge difference to a child’s or young person’s life; you can help them to make positive changes to their lives and at the same time enhance your own.

We recognise once you become a foster carer, you will make changes to the way you live your life.

There are myths about fostering that we can clarify. We know there are individuals who would like to apply to foster and have much to offer children in need of affection, security and stability.

Fostering can at times be challenging while hugely rewarding, not just in terms of what you give but also what you give back.