Bristol

Together we can make a difference to a child’s life

The Fostering Foundation Bristol is a small, welcoming, friendly fostering team of foster carers, social workers, administrators, therapists and support staff.

We offer outstanding support to foster carers and children, from support groups for adults, sons and daughters and fostered children, from basic to more advanced training, to out of hours support and support workers.

Our aim is to support you to make a positive difference to a child’s life, whether they are placed with you in the short term and return home to their families or for the long term when they become a part of your family’s future. Read more about the types of placement here .

Playfulness - Father playing in garden with daughterIn the Bristol office we train all our staff and foster carers in attachment theory and support them to use the principles of PACE to therapeutically re-parent the children we care for.

PACE stands for playfulness, acceptance, curiosity and empathy; a proven model of working with children who have experienced rejection and poor parenting in their lives.

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We have regular consultation and training sessions for foster carers and staff with Andrew Lister, a very experienced clinical psychologist.

We also use Inspire Training resources, both face to face and online, to support the training we offer our staff and carers.

Curiosity - two children viewing a plant under a magnifying glassTo learn more about PACE training offered by Inspire Training please visit their website.

If you want to foster with an agency that:

  • has children’s and carers best interest at its heart
  • strives to achieve best practice

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and you want:

  • to have your voice heard
  • to be valued by dedicated and committed staff who have smaller than average caseloads so they have the time to listen and be there for children and foster carers

then we are the agency for you. Click here to make and enquiry today.

From Small Beginnings

Established in Frome in 2000, we moved our office to Kingswood, Bristol in 2008, and currently have an excellent group of experienced and new foster carers within a 30-mile radius. Most new Foster Carers come to us through word of mouth and know someone who fosters with us. We have excellent working relationships with all of the Local Authorities in the surrounding areas. We have a very experienced and stable team of staff to support and help you. Our Senior Practitioner who has been a foster carer for 30 years, recently received an ‘Outstanding Contribution by a Social Worker’ award from the Fostering Network after being nominated by one of our foster carers.

We would be delighted to talk to you further about joining our team!

Areas We Cover

Our service area stretches across Bristol, Keynsham, South Gloucestershire, Bath/Banes, Frome, Trowbridge, South Swindon, North Somerset and Somerset! If you’re not sure if we support carers in your area, please give us a call and we will let you know.

What We Offer

  • The personal touch of a small dedicated team
  • Friendly, approachable staff
  • Well trained staff and foster carers to support you
  • Support workers
  • Regular supervision (at least monthly)
  • A duty social worker available 24 hours a day
  • Training and support to develop your skills in meeting the needs of children Click here for the 2016 training program
  • The opportunity to specialise in different forms of fostering such as parent and child, unaccompanied asylum seeking children, sibling groups, short* or long term placements, especially for teenagers *short term can be from a few weeks to 2 years.
  • Activity groups for children and carers
  • Regular consultation with a child psychotherapist
  • Support groups for carers and sons and daughters
  • Peer to peer support
  • An agency where children feel as committed to us as we do to them and you!

Becoming A Foster Carer

If you are interested in becoming a professional foster carer and making a difference to a child’s life, our dedicated team is available to talk to you about what is involved in making this decision. Our local staff and carers will get to know you personally and give you all the advice and support that you need. Click here to make an enquiry today.

The primary goal of becoming a foster carer is to provide a child with a stable loving home, for children who can no longer live with their birth parents. This can be due to a wide variety of factors ranging from neglect and abuse, to parents not having the ability to provide safe, nurturing, and child focused care. Children in care all have different needs and may need to live with you for a couple of months or until they are independent. To find out from children what they think of foster care and what they need, click here (link to Ofsted research)

We offer you the training and support you need to care for children who have had difficult starts in life and may have missed out on gaining the secure attachments and trust that other children take for granted. Our children need a special sort of care, so we provide you with the training and support to become the skilled, resilient foster carer, who can provide the nurturing care, that enables the foundations for a brighter future to be laid, for the children you care for.

Who Can Foster

In case you are wondering who can foster, here is some useful information.

  • Your marital status is not a factor
  • You can be single, married, in a civil partnership
  • From any cultural or ethnic background
  • The only age requirement is that you be over 25
  • You need to have a spare room
  • Have lots of empathy and resilience
  • A willingness to learn

References, health checks and police checks are conducted and your home will be assessed to make sure it is safe and you have room to foster a child. The assessment process takes 3-6 months and involves you in reflecting on your own experiences and knowing what you bring to the fostering arena. At the end of the process you will know yourself very well as will your supervising social worker. This will enable us to know how best to support you when you are caring for a child or sibling group!

Want to become a foster carer? Why not call today, talk to one of our experienced and dedicated members of staff who can answer any question you may have, and join us in laying the foundations to a brighter future.

Bristol Events

Wed 27

Andrew Lister Consultation and Workshop Bristol

September 27 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tue 03

Carers Support Group Wessex

October 3 @ 10:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wed 11

Male carers support group Wessex

October 11 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Thu 12

Managing allegations training for foster carers

October 12 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thu 19

Foster carers consultation evening Bristol

October 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Bristol News

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Last week reporter Sarah Pitt from the Tavistock Times spoke to ...

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On Saturday 8th July the Bristol team hosted the Summer ...