Come to one of our fostering information evenings to find out more about fostering.
Fostering can really change lives for the better. It can bring security and confidence, teach new skills and uncover potential. And that's just the carers. Why not use your potential to help a child realise theirs.
Hackney currently has over 100 foster carers but we need twice this number.
By becoming a Hackney foster carer you could help make a real difference to some of the most vulnerable children in our community. If you have space in your home and heart to care for a child, we would like to hear from you!
Or contact us (contact details on the right), by phone or email to discuss any aspect of fostering and your potential to foster.
Who can foster?
- You can be single, married or cohabiting.
- You can be straight, gay or lesbian,
- You can be a home owner or a tenant as long as your home is a stable one.
- You can be of any ethnicity
Whoever you are, it is what you have to offer as an individual that is important.
Take a look at our short video about fostering.
Your personal history
Your own experiences, with all the ups and the downs that life can present, may give you just the tools to help young people. If you have skills like common sense, patience, and listening you may be exactly who we are looking for. You may have grown up in a different family set up or had a challenging childhood or teenage years, please talk to us before you count yourself out!
If you have space in your home and life, enthusiasm, warmth and commitment to care for a child or young person, then you have what it takes to be a Hackney foster carer.
We accept applications from people who are in their mid twenties and it is quite common for people to foster children up until their 60s
Find out what foster carers have to say
See the ParentChannel.tv video on becoming a foster carer including an interview with a Hackney foster carer -
Listen to this short podcast of foster carers and staff talking about their fostering experiences. Produced by Hackney council with the Fostering Network and Magic FM.
What is fostering?
Fostering is about caring for a child and providing them with loving and safe family environment in your home.
Often children will return to their family once the problems that caused them to come into care have been resolved. In some cases this might take a matter of days or weeks, for others it might take much longer. If a return to their family is not possible then a permanent new family may be found, possibly through adoption or long-term foster care. Some teenagers may go on to live independently.
In the vast majority of cases, children in foster care will have regular contact with their families, and their parents will continue to have responsibilities towards them throughout the time they are in foster care.
Hackney has a strong commitment to giving foster carers full support and comprehensive training to provide the care that children need.
Direct work with children and young people requires thinking about children within their wider systems - birth family, foster family, school, peers, friends, communities, culture - and situating their experiences in the context of the signficant relationships they have.
Our new foster carers training programme will support you in working with key concepts and tools of systemic thinking. There is also a rolling programme of evidence based group parenting programmes to support carers looking after children with emotional and behavioural needs.
Programme highlights include -
- monthly clinical supervision groups for foster carers led by unit clinicians/family therapists
- Fostering Changes and Incredible Years group parenting programmes
- monthly drop-in surgeries with the nurse and virtual school for looked after children
- children's rights and the Hackney Pledge to looked after children delivered by Hackney young people who were previously looked after
- rolling programme of first aid training, preparing for independence, supporting children with disablities and children who have experience child abuse and neglect
Download the foster carers' charter (PDF, 453KB)
If you, or someone you know, is interested in becoming a foster carer and would like to know more you can -
- call us on our fostering freephone number (see contact details on the right of this page), where you will be able to talk to a social worker experienced in fostering practice. You will then be sent an information pack.
- come to our next information event.
- complete our online form to register your interest.
Acts and national guidance, regulations and standards
All documentation relating to fostering legislation can be found on the Department for Education website.
Page updated: 7 Nov 2013