Find out about fostering in Greater London
There are many local authorities in Greater London and Rainbow Fostering work closely with them to make placements for children and young people. We are one of the leading private fostering agencies and strive to offer the best in fostering services. London is the most culturally and ethnically diverse part of the country: this is well illustrated by a survey from 2005 which found that, even then, there were more than 300 languages spoken in Greater London. This means that we are particularly keen to receive applications to foster from people from a range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
Accepting a foster child into your home has many challenges and many rewards. At Rainbow Fostering, we make sure we provide plenty of support and training so that the fostering experience is a positive one. You might not have considered fostering before – it’s a big step -but we offer training and support as well as 24/7 cover. You are never alone – we think of ourselves as a real community. The UK has changed a great deal over recent decades and the multi-cultural society we live in means we are keen to speak to people from all ethnicities and cultural backgrounds who might consider fostering. There is an urgent demand across the country for foster carers. This year alone over 9,000 new foster families are needed. Could you be one of them? It only takes a call to find out more and we will be happy to deal with any queries you might have. It is important to remember you will not be able to foster unless you have a spare bedroom for a child or young person.
Foster children and their education
It is important that foster carers support the children in their care through their education. Because they have often come from chaotic backgrounds, they have fallen behind with their school work. Continuity is important so foster children and young people, where it is possible, remain in their school to keep disruption to a minimum. Successful placements are stable placements: this is aided where young people can remain in contact with their friends at school.
Great days out are essential
Foster children have often missed out on all the things most children take for granted. So a trip out can really make a child feel part of a family. And it can really assist them with their school work. Fun and Fostering should go together – at Rainbow Fostering we can provide financial support for trips out – and we like nothing better than to hear about a special day out our foster children have enjoyed. There is simply so much to do and see in our capital city which has world famous attractions and landmarks: here are just a few suggestions from the top 10 visits in London well worth considering – British Museum, National Gallery, Natural History Museum, Tate Modern, London Eye, Science Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, Tower of London, Royal Museums Greenwich and that eternal favourite Madame Tussauds.
What to do next?
On the home page of our web site, you’ll see it is possible to send us a question(s) you might have. Or, just give us a call and we’ll be happy to have a chat. The decision to foster will bring many changes to your life and our Rainbow Fostering team is always on hand to provide answers and encouragement. Remember, you can only foster a child or young person if you have a spare room available for them. Rainbow is an independent fostering agency in London, currently recruiting for new carers throughout London and Greater London.
Call or email: we are a friendly team so if you are interested in becoming a foster carer, or are already fostering and considering transferring, we’d love to hear from you.