Why foster with Phoenix?
We are a small, friendly, independent fostering agency.
Local authorities and Ofsted consider that the outcomes we are achieving with our children and young people are exceptional.
Our carers are an essential and highly valued part of our team. Any of our existing carers will be glad to tell you in confidence what it is really like to work with Phoenix.
Our carers and young people receive a high level of support. In addition to your supervising social worker, we have a family support team, positive behaviour support specialist and therapeutic professionals within the team.
You will receive:
A guaranteed retainer
The very best training, support and advice available
24-hour On Call service
14 days paid respite annually
Frequent opportunities to meet other Phoenix carers
Activities and events throughout the year
Competitive fees and allowances
What People Say
'Children make exceptional progress from their starting points. The agency focuses firmly on helping children to progress.' - Ofsted 2018
Could I foster with Phoenix?
People of all ages, backgrounds and circumstances can become successful foster carers. Phoenix is committed to anti-discriminatory values and equal opportunities, and this is well reflected in the diversity of our current team of foster carers.
In order to apply to Phoenix, there are a few requirements you will need to meet:
You must be over 21
Have a spare bedroom
Be a British citizen, or have permanent leave to remain
Hold or to be working towards a UK driving licence
Be patient, empathic, resilient and have a good sense of humour
Be able to commit to the stability and support of a child
You can be single, married or divorced, male or female, have your own children, (young or grown up) or no children, be a single parent, in a same sex relationship, employed, unemployed or retired.
You do not need any previous experience of parenting or working with children and young people, although any experience that you do have will be valuable in terms of your assessment as a foster carer, and the skills you will be able to transfer to the fostering task.
All that we ask is that you bring a genuine enthusiasm for learning about, and working with, traumatised children, and that you are prepared to commit to continual training and professional development.
A criminal record does not mean that you won’t be successful in your application, but we do not accept applicants who have committed offences against children.
A few things to consider:
You will need to be reasonably fit, healthy and active to foster.
A good support network is invaluable to foster carers, particularly those who are single.
Foster carers often need to support children and young people from different cultural backgrounds and ethnicities, different religions,and sexual orientation.
At least one foster carer in a fostering household is usually required to foster for Phoenix on a full time basis. We do provide a retainer (terms and conditions apply), and respite carers often continue working.
During their assessment as a foster carer, applicants can decide whether they want to be considered as carers for children with physical disabilities. Most traumatised children exhibit learning difficulties of varying severity.
Call Lisa on 01568 771961 for more information on how to foster with Phoenix.
We understand that this is a big decision and we‘re happy to discuss this with you, without any obligation.