Why transfer to Norfolk County Council
If you are an approved foster carer for another local authority or Independent Fostering Agency (IFA), it is possible to be considered as a foster carer for Norfolk Fostering Service (NFS) and transfer across to us.
There are many reasons why existing foster carers want to change from an IFA and register with us. These include:
- You're not getting the supervision, training and support you need
- You’re often asked to consider caring for children who are not a good match with you and your family
- You don't regularly have children placed with you or you may have been approved and never had a child placed with you
We will always try to carefully match our children in care with our own foster carers first. We know our carers and their families well, so we can think about the best match for the child, as well as knowing what extra support we'll need to put in place.
We will only ever place a child with an IFA if we don't have a suitable match of our own.
During August 2017, 271 of 284 of our available registered foster carers had one or more children in their care (95% capacity).
If you have been fostering successfully for an independent agency for at least 12 months and you are approved to foster for Norfolk Fostering Service you will get our highest payment level and join our register at Level 5. See fees and allowances for details.
We provide additional allowances including exceptional travel, birthdays, holidays and Christmas, which we can discuss further with you.
Supervision, support and training
You will receive between four to six weekly 1:1 supervision sessions from a qualified social worker. If your supervisor is unavailable, you can contact our duty line 24-hours a day, seven days a week, and speak to a member of the fostering service.
We offer extensive training to all our foster carers including the 18-session Fostering Attachments (based on the excellent Kim Golding book) and 12-session Fostering Changes, both nationally recognised courses. See training for foster carers for more information.
We have a network of foster carer groups that meet regularly throughout the county.
“One of the great things about the council’s training is that it’s delivered by social workers alongside people who are already foster carers. This partnership gives potential carers the opportunity to hear first-hand the real life experiences of foster carers. You can’t get better than that.” Ex-agency carer