Aberlour Fostering

Overview

Can you fill the gap in a child's life?

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Every child has the right to live in a family where they get the care, support and encouragement they need to grow and develop. Fostering is a way of offering children and young people a home when their own family is unable to look after them. At Aberlour Fostering we have an excellent reputation for caring for vulnerable and neglected children and with your help, we can assist many more children.

Our foster carers are part of a very special team and Aberlour Fostering provides the backing of experienced social workers, family workers, therapists, teachers and health advisers to ensure that all aspects of a child’s needs are met.

Could you be part of our team and help fill the gap in a child’s life? We are looking for families and individuals who want to make a difference to a child’s life by becoming foster carers.

Aberlour Fostering service leaflet

We urgently need foster carers from a wide range of backgrounds

Our foster carers come from a wide range of backgrounds but they all have the determination to give love and stability to a child.

  • You may be single, married or be in a long-term stable relationship.
  • You may have children of your own or may have life or work experiences which give you the skills for fostering.
  • You must be at least 21 years of age.
  • You should be a non-smoker.
  • You must be able to offer a child a room of their own within your home.
  • You may be employed but at least one foster carer must be available within the home to provide full-time care.
  • You will be located in Fife, Perthshire, Dundee, Edinburgh or Central Scotland areas.
  • You will have a real interest in helping children in difficulty and be keen to receive the training and support on offer.

Could you fill the gap in a child's life? Get in touch today to find out more.

Professional Memberships

Aberlour is proud to be a member of the Fostering Network and CoramBAAF Adoption & Fostering Academy.

Services & Outcomes

We provide intensive support for our foster carers

Being a foster carer is rewarding – but it can also be challenging. At Aberlour Fostering we offer training and support to enable our carers to cope with the needs of even the most challenging child. It’s a tried and tested approach that supports you, your family and the young person to make a real success of a fostering placement.

The staff team here at Aberlour Fostering has over 25 years’ experience of working with vulnerable children. You will quickly get to know us and form a genuine professional partnership with our workers, therapists and consultants.

To help you make a success of a foster care placement we provide:

  • a foster care fee of £1,958.58 per month and maintenance allowance of £839.56 per month to cover the cost of caring for a child;
  • a set-up allowance of up to £500;
  • 24 hour support from our dedicated staff team;
  • weekly visits from an Aberlour Fostering Social Worker;
  • 28 days paid respite care per year;
  • extensive training and support to attain SVQ level 3 in Caring for Children and Young People and HNC in Social Care;
  • educational support for the child whether in our own Aberlour School or within mainstream education;
  • access to therapy programmes such as Creative Therapy or tailored services to help children in placement e.g. supervising family contact;
  • administrative support from our service offices in Kirkcaldy.

We help you to become approved

The assessment process for foster carers takes between 4 and 6 months to complete. The emphasis is on finding out if fostering and the support at Aberlour Fostering is right for you and your family.

The assessment involves completing a number of background checks and obtaining references, including Enhanced Disclosure through Disclosure Scotland and a reference from your G.P. You will also take part in individual interviews, training and preparation which is designed to build on your own experiences and to allow you to understand the rewards and challenges of fostering.

When the assessment is complete your application will be presented to our Fostering Panel for approval. Once you have become an approved Foster Carer we will begin a matching process which will take a minimum of 1 month. Planned placements allow  a timetable of introductions and help to develop confidence and to identify any areas where support is required.

Kirkcaldy

Contact details

Aberlour Fostering
West Bridge Mill
Bridge Street
Kirkcaldy
KY1 1TE
E:
fostering@aberlour.org.uk
T:
01592 591500