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, so 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
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.
Seasonal supplementary allowances and length of service awards
Receive £1.6-£4k p/m per child you foster
14 days paid respite per child for all foster carers
Respite breaks can give carers some breathing space or opportunity to spend time with existing friends and family
Paid holidays and breaks
Therapeutic support services available
One to One counselling offered to support you and family
Theraplay for children who need it to help work through trauma
Education support services
Outreach and needs-led support
Mentoring and Buddying
Support from our Autistic Spectrum Condition and ADHD Hub.
Sensory Profiling by a qualified practitioner
Therapeutic Support Available
Accredited training and professional qualification opportunities from Training to Care, including Level 3 Diploma
Full training given to all prospective foster carers and regular training provided when approved, training is practical and relevant
Bespoke training provided to equip the individual needs of foster parents
Full Training provided
Access to a private members area on our website where you can access perks
Discount cards available giving discounts on Days out, Shopping, Clothes, Holidays and much more.
Free memberships to The Fostering Network, NWG Network
Events and Meet ups with other foster carers.
Access to your local fostering resource centre
Members Area with Perks
When becoming a foster carer for Parallel Parents you will also have access to Spectrum. Spectrum is a hub run by Emma Furness to help support our team and foster carers with children who could be on the ASD/ADHD spectrum.
About Emma Furness
Emma Furness is our Autism/ADHD Specialist for Parallel Parents and Care Today. She can help with learning new strategies to help families understand autism and ADHD. Emma has 14 years lived experience with her own children, along with a Masters Degree in Children with Autism and is currently completing a PhD to explore behaviours and diagnosis.
While Emma specialises in autism and ADHD, she is also a Sensory Needs Practitioner and will be delivering 'Sensory Processing' training in all areas throughout the year. Emma can also complete a sensory assessment, to provide a sensory diet for our young people.
Please see the video below for more information from Emma
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.
From a survey of 452 carers since 2021
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...
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!"
"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."
"Parallel Parents helped me realise my true potential as a foster carer and I hope to achieve more in the future."
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!