Coronavirus update – what is happening at Focus Foster Care
With new restrictions now in place and many local cities and counties being placed into lockdown, we felt now was an appropriate time to update everyone on what is happening at Focus Foster Care. The coronavirus pandemic has impacted us all, however, vulnerable families and children have been significantly affected. The impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and the national lockdown has resulted in the fostering sector becoming very busy as the year has progressed.
At Focus Foster Care we are continuing to receive a high number of referrals from local authorities across the region for children needing foster placements. During the national lockdown in March, the number of children needing foster care increased significantly and now agencies and local authorities need more people to apply to foster. Our independent fostering agency is very busy with referrals and assessments and we continue to support local children by placing them in the care of our exceptional foster carers. But more carers are needed to meet demand. For people who have been considering fostering for a little while, now is the opportune and most crucial time to pick up the phone and make an initial enquiry.
With cities across the regions that our agency covers now in local lockdown and residents facing tighter restrictions in an attempt to slow the spread of Coronavirus, routine visits to foster carers are again taking place using video calls. All of our foster carers and the children they look after are doing all they can to stay safe during this time. Focus Foster Care covers a large number of areas across The Midlands and there are currently several variations in guidelines from place to place. Our foster carers are all working within the guidelines for their area, following local rules to help keep their children and themselves safe, whilst also helping the fight against Covid-19 in their area.
To ensure our team comply with current government guidance, home visits are only being undertaken where necessary and deemed safe to do so. During home visits our team are taking all necessary safety precautions and video calling continues to be used for sessions in areas that are currently facing tighter restrictions. Our team are once again working from home when possible to keep the number of people in our office down. A lot of our work can be successfully completed at home so whilst tighter restrictions are in place, our office will not always be open. Although we may be remotely, we continue to offer our foster carers 24/7 telephone support and are being creative in the ways we can safely deliver our services.
We would again like to encourage anyone considering a career change into the fostering sector to please get in touch with our independent fostering agency. Children in your local area need you now more than ever. You can contact our team on 0800 524 4797 or send an email enquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep safe everyone.
To find out more about fostering and how to become a foster carer with our independent fostering agency, please read the following pages on our website:
Types of foster care.
Who can foster?
How to become a foster carer with Focus Foster Care.
Fostering – frequently asked questions.
The benefits of fostering with Focus Foster Care.