"Kaiser took our call on a Sunday when we were quite distressed. He sorted out the issue quickly and professionally. We are so grateful that we are with an organisation where we are supported 24/7. ACS don't just clock off at 5pm. They realise that children/carers don't stop needing support after 5pm or weekends."ACS Foster Carer
"It is a positive experience fostering for ACS. Lionel and I always feel supported as foster parents."Marva and Lionel Warmington, ACS foster carers
"Jenny was amazing yesterday with sorting out a respite placement. She handled it in a friendly and professional manner, making sure to follow up with me to make sure everything went ok. The whole process left me feeling honoured to be working with ACS."ACS Foster Carer
"I believe that following a faith is very helpful to children and young people."Karen Campbell, ACS foster carer
"Nasreen has been amazing with giving me helpful tips to deal with behaviour issues that I struggled with previously. She has a way of making the carer feel comfortable and speak about issues without feeling I am being judged. "ACS Foster Carer
"You have to look at fostering as a way of life and not a job."Megan Williams, ACS foster carer
"My proudest moment was when the child I care for told me, ‘This is my family now and you’re my father."Sabbir Ahmed, ACS foster carer
What we stand for
As a foster carer, you have a vital role in helping looked-after children achieve their full potential. We believe that by passing on our knowledge and experience to you, you’ll be able to make an even bigger difference to the lives of the children in your care.
That’s why we’re committed to offering you all the support you need to succeed – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
When you foster with us, you’ll receive:
- A generous financial package
- Paid respite
- A comprehensive training programme
- Regular peer group meetings
- A calendar of events, activities and days out for you, your family and the children you care for
- Access to key local community groups and further support resources
- Regular home support visits from your personal Link Worker.
Cultural-specific training is at the core of what we do. We assist carers in learning new skills and working to improving their specialist knowledge, so they are able to care for the children and young people they look after as well as possible.
Our carers are encouraged to attend specialist training and support groups where they can develop their knowledge of different faiths and religions, and share cultural insights.
We’re also currently developing a unique additional faith-based training programme to equip carers with the skills necessary to support children with a wide variety of cultural and religious needs.
The training we provide teaches carers how to respond to the individual needs of foster children from vastly different backgrounds, who will all have a unique set of needs.
Our training sessions & workshops
Journey to Fostering is a course that is a must for all potential foster carers, as it provides real insight into fostering, like:
- looking into key areas, eg what brings children into care
- what legislation is used to ensure children are safe
- recognising the behaviour indicating children may need additional professional help
- diversity, inclusion and equality
- attachment disorders
- health and safety
On-going training & support
- First aid
- Promoting positive behaviours
- Exploring values, discrimination and prejudice
- Good record keeping
- Teamwork, communication and contact
These are only a few examples of the mandatory training courses that all ACS carers attend, equipping them with all they need to provide constructive, understanding and sympathetic care.
To find out more about fostering and the ongoing support we offer our carers, call us on 0800 917 7937 or fill in our online enquiry form and we’ll get back to you.