Support

Outstanding support for you and your family

Fostering with Cheshire West and Chester Council is different because we are a trusted, not for profit organisation with a wealth of experience and expertise in supporting families and communities.

We make sure that you’re fully prepared and supported to become a foster carer and ready to meet the needs of different children.

You’ll undertake tailored training before you’re approved and we’ll continue to support you to develop your professional skills with training and qualifications throughout your fostering career.

As a Cheshire West and Chester Council foster carer you’re part of a much bigger team. You’ll have your own fostering Social Worker who will be there to support and advise you as well as a fostering mentor.

And you’ll be amazed at just how many Cheshire West and Chester foster carers live near you, with support groups for you and your family, you’ll be able to get to know them, socialise and support each other and become part of a bigger community.

At Cheshire West and Chester Fostering Service we pride ourselves on the amount of support our carers receive. Fostering is not an easy task and having support is essential to help provide high quality placements for children. We have many support groups to help our carers provide a high level of care for our children in care.

We have dedicated support groups that run regularly throughout the borough as well as having a network of informal support groups that take place. Our support groups have guest speakers such as health visitors and education staff, as well as structured feedback sessions to enable our carers to share their experiences.

The support groups include:

  • Sons and Daughters groups – fostering affects all members of the family; we understand that the sons and daughters need support; we have a well-established support group for sons and daughters as well as regular activities in the school holidays.
  • Mentors – Our more experienced carers help newly approved carers throughout their induction into fostering and meet regularly to develop this support
  • Foster Care Task and Finish Groups – a consultancy group for the Fostering Service that helps the service to develop new initiatives.

Currently being developed is:

  • Male Support group – We value the role of our male carers. Male support groups will give our male carers the opportunity to meet up and discuss any issues they like.