There is a growing need for foster carers in the Tower Hamlets area – could you be one of the people that starts the journey towards meeting that need, today?

Could you foster in Tower Hamlets?

It’s important that we find people willing to foster in Tower Hamlets, as there are currently children in, and coming into care, requiring placements in this area. As a foster carer living in Tower Hamlets, and working with Welcome Foster Care, you will be helping to support a child/ren in need by maintaining stability and consistency for them. This will be enabled by you providing them with the vital care and nurture that they require, and helping them to maintain contact with the important people and resources in their lives.

For some children, important people will include their siblings, whom they may come into care with. As such, we are looking for carers who have the space to take on brothers and sisters, so we can keep the family together.

 

Our fostering team in Peckham

Karen W, one of our supervising social workers in the Tower Hamlets area, will support you on your fostering journey. Karen has over 20 years of experience in social work, having worked with children and families in poor rural communities; supporting young mothers needing advice and information and; working with children and young people with special needs and learning disabilities, and their families.

Since 2010, Karen has worked specifically in the fostering arena, supporting foster carers caring for children in need. Karen is dedicated to improving children s outcomes, and working with foster carers to make this possible.

 

Supporting children in Tower Hamlets

We regularly receive referrals, asking us to support young people in Tower Hamlets. In order for us to provide this, we require foster carers from all cultural backgrounds, as the children in need of your support are of many different ethnicities, cultures and religions. At the moment, there is a particular requirement for people that can foster sibling groups, and children of Bangladeshi origin.

 

About Welcome Foster Care

Welcome Foster Care is an independent fostering organisation with a focus on supporting families to foster in East and South East London. We have a very local team and diversity matters to us a lot, as do our carers and the children we support. We like to get to know our carers and we provide support 24/7. Our small, positive, charismatic team is full of energy and works hard to improve the lives of children with the support of carers across the local area. We speak 15 languages, and are readily available to answer any questions you may have.

If you would like to find out more about fostering in the Tower Hamlets area, give us a call on 0203 397 3332, and we’ll happily answer any questions you may have. Alternatively, you can complete our online enquiry form, and a member of our team will call you back.

 


When I was approved as a foster carer my first placement was an unaccompanied minor from Albania. I was anxious and excited at the same time,  I was still working part- time in a primary school and was wondering how I would juggle my work around fostering as I did not want to leave my job just in case fostering did not work out for me.

When my unaccompanied minor from Albania arrived with his social worker he arrived looking tired and having not bathed for weeks, he also had no extra clothes other than the dirty clothes he travelled in, I felt very sad seeing him like this and wanted to buy him clothes straight away. The social worker explained to me the terrible journey and experience he had endured during his journey on a lorry here including not eating well or sleeping well and having very little understanding of the English language. I managed to use the online google translator to communicate with him unaccompanied minor from Albaniaand explain what was going to be discussed with the social worker such as basic house rules. When he first arrived, he had no friends and family support system which in turn meant he had no-one to turn to which had an impact on his mental and emotional welfare. He arrived not knowing what to expect, what sort of family he would be living with and what is expected of him, which was very overwhelming for him at first. I enrolled him in suitable college so he can make friends and study with children his age.

The looked after child had all his health checks and appointments made by me to make sure the child has no medical concerns and all that all his immunisations are up to date. I also supported the looked after child with all his home office and solicitor appointments to make sure he applies for the appropriate immigration status and help him to understand his legal rights.

My Albanian foster child stayed with me for one and a half years. He settled in comfortably and socialised well with my family and relatives, he picked up the English language and learnt about different cultures, we learnt a lot from his culture too. I enjoyed having him in my house and half way through fostering I left my part- time job and have continued fostering. I look forward to what the future holds, and helping the young children that are in need.