Fostering in Barnsley
By becoming a foster carer in Barnsley, you could change children’s lives. Fostering maybe something that you have been thinking about for a while, or it might be something that you have just started to investigate. Whatever stage you are at in your journey, TACT are here to give you all the information you need, to help you decide if fostering is right for you and your household.
Sadly, there are lots of children and young people in Barnsley that require urgent care and support, for lots of different reasons. An illness or medical emergency that may mean a parent or guardian is required to stay in hospital for a short time could be one of those reasons. Also, conflicts within the family home could mean that children are required to go into care until those conflicts are resolved. Unfortunately, the main reason why children enter foster care is because of abuse or neglect. TACT are recruiting foster carers in Barnsley to provide care and guidance for these vulnerable young people.
No previous childcare experience is necessary, although it would be advantageous, as full training will be provided. It may surprise you, but the initial criteria for becoming a foster carer is to have at least one spare bedroom, and lots of energy to provide a child with a secure and supportive home. There are also some personal qualities that TACT look for in perspective foster carers: resilience, patience and a caring nature. If this sounds like something YOU could do, you could join our Barnsley Fostering team!
TACT North East foster carer Chris discusses below the support and guidance she has received from TACT, and how she felt ‘ready’ for her first fostering placement.
Why foster in Barnsley with TACT?
TACT is the UK’s largest dedicated fostering charity – enabling us to provide care for children on a national level. We reinvest any surplus income into providing more support and training for foster carers interested in fostering.
As one of the leading fostering agencies in Barnsley, we provide our foster parents with training and support that is local to them – to enable them to change young people’s lives. Because we reinvest surplus income, we can provide additional support over and above what is required of a fostering charity, such as a dedicated education service, health service and an online foster carer portal.
We’re more than just a fostering agency – we go above and beyond to look after our foster carers and the children they provide care for. Our TACT Connect service ensures that when children leave the care system, they have TACT’s support for life.
This is why 98% of our carers would recommend us to others thinking of fostering.
“After doing some research into other fostering agencies and charities, I came across TACT. The views of the CEO which were very child-centred reflected my own, while the fact that TACT is a charity was very important to me. I would not have transferred to a profit-based organisation, so I liked the fact that any money which TACT made was reinvested into their young people and foster families.”
– Foster Carer (North East)