want to make a difference with a different career?
be a foster carer
fostering is as rewarding as it is secure. Alongside the rewards of making a difference in the lives of vulnerable children and young people, you could earn approx. £35,000 a year. The number of children needing foster placements is on the rise with hundreds of placements needed nationally each day.
why foster with asphaleia?
Based in Worthing, asphaleia fostering is a registered agency, rated Good by Ofsted. Our carers benefit from being part of a wider organisation that delivers holistic services for children and young people, including; employability further education for 16-24 year-olds, CSE intervention, and mental health support.
As an asphaleia carer, you can benefit from these services if your foster child needs any of them but also there is a wealth of knowledge, experience, support and organisation-wide training that you can participate in.
As well as the wider support received from the organisation as a whole, asphaleia carers benefit from being part of a smaller agency. You will feel part of a committed team and will experience the benefit of being well known by the staff and manager.
Hi my name is M. I have lived with my foster carers for the last 5 years. When I first arrived I felt very afraid, but after a few days I realised my foster carers were very kind and caring people and made me feel at home. I miss my country and family a lot but living with such lovely people helped me with my home sickness. My aunty first showed me around Worthing, I soon found friends and my confidence grew.
asphaleia foster child
can I foster?
what is required of you:
The law states you must be 21 years or over, with asphaleia requesting that all applicants have life experience.
You need a spare room.
You must be a full-time UK resident.
You must be certified as fit and healthy by your GP through a funded medical assessment.
You need an enhanced DBS check.
You must be willing to complete a seven-part course called skills to foster (normally delivered across two days).
You need to complete a Form F, assessing your skills and knowledge with a qualified social worker to assist. This can take anywhere between 8-10 visits.
The entire household will need to be interviewed.
You need to demonstrate that you can provide a safe and happy home for a child or young person.
We are confident that our supportive approach will enable you to manage the process and explore your suitability with us.
asphaleia fostering offers a competitive and comprehensive support package to make the process of becoming a foster carer straightforward and enjoyable.
listen to a foster carer's experience
i'm interested, what now?
We understand that making and seeing through the decision to become a foster carer can be daunting. Find out more about the application process here.
We know it can be nice to talk about your personal situation, perhaps you only want to do respite, or have specific requirements related to your religious observance, maybe you'd like to keep your current job. These are all possible.