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Foster Care

It pays to foster

Torbay Foster Care Service is currently recruiting foster carers who are able to meet the needs of children in Torbay who are unable to live with their own families.  We actively welcome applications which reflect the diversity of our communities, irrespective of age, gender, ethnic background or sexual orientation. Applications are welcomed from single applicants and couples, with or without children of their own, those working and those who are not. Applications are accepted from within the Torbay area and up to about 30 miles from the Authority boundaries. The training and assessment process is detailed and will take about eight months from point of application.
Torbay Council is currently looking for foster carers from all backgrounds. We urgently require carers with experience to care for children with complex needs and particularly to provide care and support to children of secondary school age within a fostering home. There are also a number of older children waiting for a permanent long-term foster family. Torbay Council also requires foster carers to provide care to children over a number of months during periods of difficulty and support them back to the care of their families.
As an approved and registered foster care family with Torbay Council you can expect a named social worker to offer regular support and guidance, as well as extensive training and mentoring support from existing carers and through monthly support groups in addition to membership of Foster Talk - a national support network for foster carers and their families.
If you are interested in and have previous experience of caring for secondary age children, please contact us on 01803 207857 or email
Information on what fostering is and why some children are in local authority care.
Find out about the role foster carers play in young peoples lives - there is more to it than cooking and cleaning!
Just like children, foster carers come in all shapes and sizes, from all backgrounds and all walks of life.
Information on the type of help and support you will receive as a foster carer from Torbay Foster Care Service.
Guidance on the different types of fostering and the way they help children and families.

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