Like a few other fostering services, we also have a mentor scheme in place.

Mentoring is crucial for the development of young minds; it gives many a role model to look up to and somebody who is a friend – impartial, independent and willing. Somebody who isn’t a “parent”, “carer” or “social worker”.

Many foster children and young people in care absolutely love their mentor, as it is somebody who they can confide in and trust – and in turn, the mentor can guide and advise the child or young person.

Mentoring is a difficult and challenging, yet rewarding, role – we know the importance of mentoring, and therefore provide mentors for our children in care. Commonly, there is a lack of coherency and consistency in the relationship between a foster child, the carers, social workers and so on, and and it is the mentors that build the bridge and always be there to support young people under care.

If you are a current carer or interested in becoming a carer and want to know more about our mentoring scheme, please feel free to get in touch for more information.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor check out our voluntary opportunities page for more information; mentoring or volunteering would even be a good starting point after leaving education.
For more information, or to get in touch, send an e-mail, fill out a form or give us a call on 020 3397 3332 (London) or 0161 638 3391 (North England).

The below are summaries from real foster carers. Whilst some are heartfelt, others are truly motivational!


Firstly, Maria Catterick, has fostered since 2004, is single and lives in the Tees Valley. One of her children was aged 11, dressed in six-year-old’s clothes when she arrived. Maria has fostered sibling groups too, with groups of two, three and even four siblings at a time! She has had a parent and child placement, as well as a 3-year-old child with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder – who would go up and down the living room and stop when tired!

In the original article, Maria does give some tips, and also explains how she would write letters for her children, as a keepsake. If they were babies, she’d place the letters in the social worker’s file, so as they can see it when they’re older. One of her first foster children rang her again when she was 16, after being moved onto permanent adoption, knowing that she’ll always have a parent figure in Maria.

Close-up of smiling elder mum and daughter

Louise Groves, single, living in Essex. In the past 9 years, Louise has fostered 45 children, ranging from newborns to 18-year-olds.

She had a challenging upbringing, by the age of 16, she had sadly lost her entire family in a series of tragic events and was taken on by the social services, who had sent her to a boarding school.

Due to medical reasons, unfortunately, she cannot have children, and at the age of 26 she was working for an insurance company. She applied to become a foster carer and when she got her first placement, she was still at work. Managing both, full-time employment as well as being a carer was difficult – so she decided to foster care as a career. Currently she is an advanced-level carer, taking on up to three placements at once, meaning she gets rewarded accordingly. To see the rewards you can get as a foster carer with Welcome Foster Care, click here, and to see the fostering payments, click here. Louise does short-term, long-term, respite and emergency care, stating that the 24-hour local supermarket is her saviour! Some placements may even come at a very short notice, without even a spare nappy.

This is of course an advanced level of foster care and not all placements involve respite or emergency care. If you are interested in becoming a carer for any type of foster placements, or would like to get more information on fostering, feel free to browse the Welcome Foster Care website or click here.

The original Telegraph article has another 3 touching stories about fostering and can be found by clicking here.

Original article was published at 7:00AM on 15 Nov 2012. Photographs are for illustration purposes only, and do not represent any of the people mentioned in this or the original article.


Many of you are probably thinking what a Thunderclap is.

Put simply, it’s a “crowd-sourced awareness” campaign. As a quick summary, instead of people donating money or anything else to a cause, they donate their Facebook and Twitter feeds to help raise awareness.

By signing up to our Thunderclap campaign, on the 15th of October, at 8PM, our message will be spread far and wide all over Facebook and Twitter – and this will not take place without the much needed help of our readers, followers and yourselves.

The Thunderclap system only posts a single message, and that will only happen once, after which you will not get another post, unless you of course join other campaigns on the Thunderclap website. You can read more about Thunderclap on their website by clicking here, and their Frequently Asked Questions by clicking here.

All we ask is to donate a single post on your Facebook or Twitter (or both!) – it costs absolutely nothing, and means the world to children and young people that need a loving and caring home. Click here to see our Thunderclap campaign and sign up – it’ll take less than a minute or two!

We need to do our part in raising awareness about the shortage of foster carers in the UK. Year by year, we hear from charities, and read on articles that there is an increase in the amount of foster children that need a family. To put it in numbers, as estimated 9000 foster carers are needed to ensure that the foster carer shortage crisis in the UK is resolved.
This shortage overloads the existing carers and results in children being moved from placement to placement. A wider range of carers ensures that a perfect match is easier to come by, quicker.
Here at Welcome Foster Care, our motto is, “Providing outstanding carers for children and young people”.
This thunderclap campaign is simply a way to raise the awareness; as a service that works with carers, children and young people, we truly believe that not enough is done to raise awareness. By joining the thunderclap, you can help spread awareness and show your friends and followers your support for such an important cause.

You can also read the message that will be shared on your Facebook wall or Twitter feed on our Thunderclap campaign page.

Click here for the Thunderclap campaign page, to join us, helping raise awareness, or to read more about it.

If you would like to find out more about fostering, or to see if you can foster, feel free to browse our website by using the menu at the top of this page, or take a look through the information on the following pages;