Just some of the comments from the attendees:

  • “What an absolutely amazing night, many thanks for the chance to meet other (local!) carers”
  • “We loved the food.. and the whole idea that everybody got up on stage to collect their rewards!”
  • “It was lovely that the kids had plenty of fun activities to do, whilst me and my husband sat and got chatting to other carers..”

On the evening of the 30th of October 2014, Welcome Foster Care had the 2014 Foster Carers Recognition and Rewards ceremony! It is the night of fostering recognition, awarding our carers for the hard work they have done, and continue to do.

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Upon entry, the carers would have a variety of drinks waiting for them in the foyer, after which they entered the main hall to see elegantly laid tables, along with a large area for the childrens’ activities. Face-painting, cake and cookie decorations, two bouncy castles and table-football are just a few to mention. Whilst the kids had a great time, the carers got to sit amongst themselves and have a catch up. Newer carers also got to know other carers.

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Food was served, and the rewards started promptly after, with each carer getting a reward.

In attendance was also a professional photographer, who took studio quality photos which will be available to view as soon as they have been processed.

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On the way out, kids even got a goody bag!

Look out for the pictures on our facebook page – by clicking here.

For more information on how to become a foster carer, feel free to browse the website, or simply get in touch with us on 020 3397 3332, for the London office, and 0161 638 3391 for the Lancashire office.


To the general public, fostering is often misunderstood. The general public doesn’t really pay much attention and dismiss the whole idea completely – and this is not because they’re not interested outright, or couldn’t care. Its more due to the lack of knowledge and a true understanding. Here are some 8 facts about fostering, that you probably didn’t even know:

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Foster carers provide care and a positive experience of family life in their own home to a needy child or young person. In most cases the aim of foster care is to reunite children with their own families, although this is not always possible. In these cases alternative permanent arrangements will be explored.

1. You’re not too old

There is no upper age limit on becoming a foster carer!

2. You’re not living in a mansion

Many of our foster carers don’t have mansions or four spare bedrooms, with a separate bathroom each! All you actually need as an extra bedroom to give the foster child their own personal space.

3. You’re not married/you’re married (cross out the one that doesn’t apply!)

Whether you are married or single, it makes no difference – okay, a joint application for fostering does make the actual fostering easier, as two people can share the roles and responsibilities between themselves – but single applications are more than welcome and may need a better support network, which can be provided. Like us, most fostering services provide support tailored to you, regardless of your marital/cohabiting situation

4. You can foster if you’re working

Lots of our carers become carers whilst they work if they have a partner at home who is capable of taking care of the child(ren). Others may work on a part time basis, ensuring that they are around to drop children to and collect from school, as well as the other core aspects of being a parent. Some carers leave work, and take up fostering up as a career.

5. You don’t have to take the placement if you don’t want to

A lot of people think that once they sign up and get approved, they have to say yes each time, to each placement. That is untrue. They way Welcome Foster Care work is that when a placement become available, it is then put forward for suitable carers, who then have the option to make a decision not to take on the placement. Of course, if you have indicated fostering preferences in your application form, they are adhered to.

6. You don’t have to be a parent

It doesn’t make a difference to your application whether you have any children of your own! However, you will need to have had experience caring for or working with children on a personal or professional level.

7. Fostering and adoption are two different things

Fostering isn’t the same as adoption!
Adoption is bringing a child or young person into your home, providing care, support and an upbringing just your own children.
Fostering is a placement that takes place, with the ultimate aim of the child or young person being reunited with their family, although this is not always possible. In these cases alternative permanent arrangements will be explored.

8. You don’t need to be wealthy!

As a fostering service, Welcome Foster Care provides a generous allowance, as well as additional allowances for things like birthdays and school uniform! Also you pay little or no tax on the allowances.

If you are interested in fostering, or would like more information, feel free to get in touch, or simply give Welcome Foster Care a quick call on 020 3397 3332 for the London office, and 0161 638 3391 for the Lancashire office.