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The benefits of becoming a foster carer

We are looking for foster carers who have good support within their own families. However, we have very strong working relationships with our carers and always strive to support them when needed.

As we are a Local Authority agency, we are able to provide a very wide range of quality training courses.

We also have strong existing links with local schools, healthcare providers and children's centres, making your experiences as a foster carer as seamless as possible.

As all children come into the care of the Local Authority in the first instance, our social workers have first-hand knowledge of the children, their families and their needs. This allows us to accurately match children to carers who are most suited to them.

We are based in the centre of St.Helens, we are able to provide a localised service, easily accessible for you as a foster carer. There are excellent transport links nearby which makes coming to see us for a meeting or just popping in for a chat that bit easier. Our carers who live outside the borough, who live in Wigan, Warrington or Halton for example, also often tell us that this helps them significantly!

When young people reach 18 and may be leaving foster care to live independently, this can often be a time when they are very vulnerable. We work closely with the leaving care team to ensure that young people and carers are as informed and supported as possible.

Click the links below to find more about the support, training and allowance you could get.