Become a foster carer and give a child a home where they get the care, support and encouragement they need to grow and develop.
what is fostering?
Fostering is a way of offering children and young people a home when their own family is unable to look after them. At Aberlour we have an excellent reputation for caring for vulnerable and neglected children. With your help, we can assist many more. Our foster carers are all paid professionals who have chosen to look after children as a career.
Our foster parents are part of a very special team. Aberlour Fostering receives 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 by becoming full-time or short-break foster carers. We urgently need foster carers from a wide range of backgrounds.
how we will help you
Being a foster parent 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.
Our support is 24-7 and you’ll get regular visits from a social worker. You’ll receive a generous foster care allowance (fee) each month, a monthly maintenance allowance and a set up allowance plus access to short breaks over the year.
how to become approved
Firstly, you will go through an assessment process. This takes between four and six 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. This includes an Enhanced Disclosure through Disclosure Scotland and requires potential foster carers to attend a medical with a G.P. You will also take part in individual interviews, training and preparation. This is all designed to build on your own experiences and allow you to understand the rewards and challenges of fostering.
what happens next?
Then, once the assessment is complete, your application will be presented to our Fostering Panel for approval. Once you have been approved to become a foster carer, we will begin a matching process. This will take a minimum of one month. Planned placements allow a timetable of introductions to take place. We’ll help you to develop confidence. Most importantly, we’ll also identify any areas where support is required.
We provide intensive 24 hour support for our foster carers. This is in addition to the foster care fees and maintenance allowances paid to our foster carers. We also help you through the process to become approved foster carers.
Foster Carer Enquiry Form
Our foster carers come from all walks of life 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 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, Inverness, Moray, 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.