We are with you through each stage, answering any questions or worries you have. We want to be certain that you are right for Moments Fostering but also so that you can be sure that fostering with us is right for you. It normally takes about 5-6 months from the home visit to panel stage.
One of the team will have a chat with you, asking a few questions over the phone. We’ll let you know about one of our information events, or you can come in to meet us at one of our offices.
One of our social work team will come out to visit you at home. This is to find out a bit more about you, your home, and any family you have. You and Moments can then decide if you would like to continue on your fostering journey.
The application form is thorough but part of the process in helping you and us to know as much as we can to ensure that the right decision is made for everybody. We really appreciate and respect that you are sharing a lot of personal information with us. We use this information to review progress to the next stage.
You will be invited to attend our Skills to Foster session. Delivered over a weekend, it’s the chance for you to find out more about fostering, raising any concerns or questions you have in an informal way, as well as meeting some of our foster carers.
Following your application, one of our social work team will spend time getting to know you, learning more about your experiences, skills, and circumstances, as part of a detailed assessment. This involves several visits. The social worker then writes a very thorough report for an independent panel to review.
The panel will make a decision on the day whether to recommend you as foster carers. There are usually five people on the panel, who may have some additional questions to ask you. It is very unusual for a family not to be recommended for fostering once they go to panel.
We cover the South East of England, with offices in Kent and East Sussex – the door is always open for you to pop in. We work with our foster carers to improve our services, and shape the work we do by listening to their views and ideas.
We want you to have the confidence, skills and knowledge to be a professional foster carer, providing you with continuous training opportunities each year from our team and specialists, where this is needed. Bespoke training is also offered, where a child or young person has specific needs.
We know how important it is for foster carers to not feel that they are on their own, providing you with 24 hours advice service, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. You will have a dedicated supervising social worker, who regularly visits and is always on the end of the phone.
Regular support group meetings with other foster carers gives you the chance to share challenges and successes, and keep you up-to-date with what’s happening at Moments.
Support also includes a discount scheme for major attractions nationwide, free passes to local family attractions and social events organised by Moments.
As skilled professionals, in a rewarding but challenging job, we think our foster carers should be recognised with competitive pay.
Your pay depends on the age of the child or young person and their particular needs as well as your skills and experience. You’ll receive between £350 to £507 per week for each child.
Couples who foster can have one person in full-time work outside fostering, with one person as the primary full-time foster carer.
As well as your pay, we provide 23 days paid respite each year, and a holiday allowance.
As a foster carer you will be self-employed, with your first £10,000 earned from fostering each year tax free, as well as some exemptions on earnings over £10,000.
We will help with all the financial stuff and can even provide you with an accountant.