How restart fostering differs from other placements
Restart fostering gives young people who have been in institutional or residential care the opportunity of a fresh start.
As a restart carer, you are doing a remarkable thing – helping a young person with a troubled past start again by settling into home life and engaging with the greater community. The culturally appropriate support and attention you provide is what enables him or her to thrive.
A restart placement can be more challenging than a traditional one, requiring more specialised skills and experience, so naturally we offer a higher level of support and a more generous allowance to these carers.
Ideally, restart carers have had experience in fostering or working with young people with behavioural difficulties – be it in prisons, schools or youth centres. Because ACS deals primarily with young people from faith-led communities, some understanding of – or willingness to learn about – other cultures and beliefs is a definite advantage.
The ACS restart fostering programme is part of the ‘Outcomes for Children Birmingham’ scheme with other fostering agencies.
The Birmingham restart fostering programme
In partnership with Outcomes for Children Birmingham we are working together to move children and young people with unique cultural and or faith-based needs from children’s homes, into specially trained foster carer’s family homes.
We firmly believe that reintegrating these children into conventional, nurturing family lives mean better and brighter outcomes for them.
How restart fostering works
With restart fostering, you are given a greater degree of support in the initial 12-month period. There are four stages to how our restart-fostering programme works.
The first stage is a six-week period of constant checks to ensure you are correctly matched with the young person you’re caring for.
A 12-week stage where we offer 20 hours of weekly support to make sure that the young person you’ve been matched with is adapting well to your family and the local community.
A 12-week period of monthly progress meetings. During this stage, you are given about 15 hours of weekly support and six nights of paid respite care.
The final stage lasts up to 28 weeks of further monthly progress meetings and 21 nights of paid respite care. You’ll carry on receiving enhanced support, as well as regular visits from your assigned social worker.
Get in touch
To find out more about our faith-based restart fostering programme, or our other fostering placements, call us on 0800 917 7937 or fill in our online enquiry form and we’ll get back to you.