Why choose us?
We are the official fostering service for Liverpool City Council and there are currently more than 1400 looked after children in Liverpool.
Whenever possible we use our in-house foster carers, so we can support local children in their own communities, to give them access to familiar things, help them maintain their friendships and education and make life as normal as possible for them.
We are therefore looking for more local authority foster carers to work with us, to bring stability and continuity to local children’s lives, and really make a difference to their future.
If you'd like to pursue a rewarding role as a foster carer, we will support you every step of the way, to help you rewrite a child’s story towards a better future.
- One to one specialist support
- 24/7 advice service
- Pre and post-approval training
- Competitive payments
- Council tax exemption
- Set up fees
- Local support groups and social events
Find out more below or contact us for more information.
When you are approved as a foster carer with us, you are assigned a dedicated supervising social worker and family support worker to support you through your fostering journey. They are in regular contact to provide support and guidance and they are able to introduce you to a wider network of specialist partner services that exist within the council. Including education, health, police, and housing associations. 24-hour support is also available.
The fostering service has backup from social workers and behaviour specialists, there’s lots of support out there. You don’t have to do it alone
Alison, Foster carer
Training and Personal Development
We provide a pre-approval training course during the application process called ‘skills to foster’, to give you a real insight into the life of a foster carer and a child in care before you take on the role. Once you are approved, there are many opportunities to learn and develop your skills across a wide range of topics, which are reflected and rewarded with our skills-based payment structure. Read more about our support and training here
Skills-based Payments Structure
As a foster carer with Liverpool, you’ll receive a skills-based professional fee, which increases as you gain experience and attend training to develop your skills. You’ll also receive an allowance per foster child to contribute towards day-to-day expenses.
Robust Matching Process
When you foster with Liverpool, we will always look to our in-house foster carers so we can find children foster families who can most closely match their needs, but also take into account our foster carers' needs and preferences when introducing new children to them.
As part of the application process, we learn about the type of fostering that would suit your skills, experience, and lifestyle and this is taken into account as part of the matching process.
You will become part of a great fostering community
When you foster for Liverpool you’ll enjoy the chance to meet and socialise with other foster families, at regular foster carer forums, social events such as a Christmas party, and join in competitions to win tickets to the theatre and sporting events! Regular foster carer forums are a great way to meet other carers and learn from each other and professionals in a relaxed and social environment.
I would like to say a massive thank you for inviting us to the Christmas Party. Our children enjoyed themselves so much. My eldest moaned about having to go, but once there it was such an eye opener when she saw so many children and realised it’s not just her who is in foster care.
We know that looking after children can be costly so we offer some useful benefits for our foster families. When you foster with Liverpool you are exempt from paying council tax, everyone in the fostering household can benefit from a free Lifestyles membership, discount cards, mileage payments, and up to £500 set up fee when you welcome a new child into your home.
We also have a holiday caravan at Presthaven Beach Resort, which is available for our foster families to use!
Foster Talk or Fostering Network Membership
You'll have the choice of a membership to the two leading fostering charities; Foster Talk and Fostering Network, They offer lots of free and independent support, ranging from help with your tax return to free legal advice.
Transferring from an agency
If you’re currently a foster carer with an agency and would like to transfer to Liverpool, we would invite you to get in touch. After Linda transferred from a fostering agency, she told us about her experiences fostering with Liverpool.
If you’ve got the passion and commitment to make a really positive difference to a child’s life, we’d love to hear from you.
Call us on 0151 515 0000 or just fill in a few details below, and we’ll contact you within 48 hours.