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WHY CHOOSE PARALLEL PARENTS?

We are really proud of Parallel Parents! There are so many reasons why we are a great agency to foster with, have a read!

We talk to our carers all the time to find how we could improve. Want to see what they have to say? Jump to the stats

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Receive £1.6K- £4K p/m
per child you foster

  • Receive £1,600 - £2,000 p/m per child you foster

  • Allowances increase with your experience and expertise.
    E.g. an experienced carer with 2 children can receive £4K p/m. 

  • Allowances are usually TAX FREE and benefits already claimed are not usually affected

  • Additional seasonal allowances paid twice a year.

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  • Your dedicated social worker and support team are on hand 24 /7 to support you

  • Hands-on support or advice over the phone, we are here for you!

  • Absolutely no call centres. You always speak to someone who knows you and your situation.

24 / 7 on-hand support

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  • 14 days paid respite for all foster carers

  • Respite breaks can give carers some breathing space or opportunity to spend time with existing friends and family.

Paid holidays & breaks

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  • Full training given to all prospective foster carers and regular training provided when approved

  • Training is practical and relevant

  • All training is provided by Training2Care, our own City & Guilds accredited training centre.

  • Bespoke training provided to equip the individual needs of foster parents

Full training

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Extra in-house support provided including

  • counselling and psychotherapy

  • art therapy

  • play therapy

  • education support workers

  • British sign language signers

  • input from fostering resource centres

Additional specialised support

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  • We invest in our foster carers and give opportunities for them to develop their careers. Some foster carers have gone on to become therapists, social workers and support workers for us.

  • We have been awarded Investors in People Platinum in recognition of the career development opportunities we give to staff and carers.

Career development opportunities

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  • These are run in partnership with Care Today to provide a transitional link between residential and family-based settings

  • They offer invaluable support to more challenging and complex placements where children are struggling to adjust to family living and where placements are at threat of breaking down.

  • They offer intervention strategies such as outreach work, residential respite, bridging placements, and family intervention work.

Fostering resource centres

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  • We have regular regional consultation days where we meet with our foster carers and their children so that we can discuss ways to develop and improve our services

  • We also run summer fun days, Christmas parties, and organise fun days out together!

  • Our senior leadership team are very hands-on and love to get involved with consultation and fun days, and make themselves available to foster carers and children alike.

Consultation days
& fun events

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  • All our foster carers are given membership of an independent advice bureau, The Fostering Network, which is a national organisation sharing advice on all sorts of things related to fostering.

  • Membership includes

    • advice on tax, benefits, National Insurance and other legal matters

    • Personal finance advice

    • Online resources including forums and online learning support

    • Discounts and offers

Complimentary membership

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  • Our foster carers link up regularly to support and encourage each other, drawing on each others hands-on experience and advice.

  • It can be really helpful for less experienced foster carers to learn from more experienced ones, and our foster carers say it's like being part of a big family!

Foster carer support groups

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  • Experienced education co-ordinators provide specialist support to foster carers including

    • support in gaining and maintaining school placements

    • advice about educational issues

    • arranging individual tuition or further support to children when required

    • guidance on how to access alternative educational provisions and courses

Specialised education support

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  • Additional enhanced support and structured activities are provided by our support teams to aid placement stability where necessary. This can include a activities such as outreach work, days out with a support worker, supervised contact and life story work.

  • Support is always needs-led and can be provided daily if necessary.

Enhanced support and outreach

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  • We aim to put children and young people first at all times, which is why several of our foster carers have 'staying put' arrangements with young people aged 18+.

  • We know that the move to independence can be daunting for many young people, so our foster carers and social work team remain on hand to provide ongoing support during and after the transition.

Post 18 care

Our stats don't lie...

99.8% of our carers said they were happy with fostering!

From 2021, 96% of our carers have rated the support they received as 7/10 or above, with over 70% of the ratings being 10/10.

Not a single young person in our care has said that they were unhappy with their foster family.

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From a survey of 452 carers since 2021

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But really, we believe the best way of finding out if Parallel Parents is the agency for you is to ask our foster carers!

 

Here is what some of them have to say about fostering with us...

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Afiya & Moses

"Our fostering advisor is always available to offer help and support when needed. Our foster child always looks forward to seeing her and even tidies his room when he knows she is going to visit us!"

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Jenny

"Parallel Parents is a very caring agency. It is not like being part of a corporate organisation; instead it is more like being part of a family."

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Neil

"Parallel Parents helped me realise my true potential as a foster carer and I hope to achieve more in the future." 

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Apply now!

Start a rewarding career in which you can make a real difference. We will fully train and prepare you to be a great foster parent and help give a less fortunate child a brighter future.

We give you all the support information you need to get started as a foster carer. If you have a question that hasn't been answered by our website, feel free to start a quick web chat with us, email us, or give us a call, and we'd be delighted to answer your query!

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