Care Visions Fostering Scotland are a Scottish-owned fostering service. We are interested in progressive care that helps children and young people move forward by creating positive environments for them to thrive in.
If you are looking to do this very soon then we can help facilitate this with regular communication to get you moving along on your journey to being a foster carer. We offer short and long term fostering options.
It’s important that you have all the information you need to start your fostering journey. Our “Becoming a foster carer” section contains a range of information, from fees and allowances to the specific training you’ll receive with Care Visions Fostering Scotland.
You can also read our blog, where you’ll find some real stories from real carers along with the latest news and developments from us.
These are the things that make us, us.
We are aware of the feelings and experiences of others. We care through relationships based on empathy, warmth and affection to restore and maintain trust and hope.
We live by our values and our actions demonstrate our commitment to them. We nurture potential and challenge appropriately.
We value others and will act in a way that communicates this. We recognise our differences and celebrate them. We listen to and care for each other.
We aim to protect people from harm. We recognise the impact trauma has and that sustained therapeutic relationships can have a positive impact. Our work is trauma-informed and based on attachment theory.
We have a variety of options if you are looking at opportunities for fostering in Scotland.
• Interim Care – also known as short term placements, this is the most common type of foster care. Placements last from a few weeks up to 2 years
• Permanence – there for the duration of their childhood years
• Long-term Care – can be several years and sometimes permanent
• Short Break – young people might stay for a few days regularly, or sometimes for a few weeks
• Emergency – bridging the gap until a perfect placement can be found or until they can return to their family. Can be one night to a few weeks depending on the scenario
You can become a Foster Carer with Care Visions if you are a UK resident living in Scotland and aged 25 and over. You can be single, a couple, married or divorced. We also fully support LGBTQ+ Foster Carers, those from diverse backgrounds, and those that already have families too.
Every child or young person, we work with needs their foster family to offer them a warm, caring and loving environment. If this sounds like something you can provide, then we would love to hear from you.
The assessment process can take twenty weeks from allocation to your Fostering Panel date.
Yes, we work with Short-Break Foster Carers to support Other Foster Carers and Birth Families, and we are actively recruiting more individuals to support in these roles.
Following a comprehensive training programme, you are assigned a Supervising Social Worker who provides you with day-to-day support. This covers all aspects of your fostering role. We also have fully trained members of the team on-hand 24/7, so you are never alone. Therapeutic Family Workers and Foster Care Support Workers help you build relationships with children and support them in all aspects of their lives.
There might be times when peer support is preferred. So, locality-based support groups are always on offer, coordinated by us.
The first training session is our 'Skills To Foster' workshop. This workshop gives those looking to continue their fostering journey a strong foundation in all things fostering and what it would mean for them and their family.
Once approved, we provide further comprehensive training for all our Foster Carers. In advance of any placement, we provide a 2-day course which will help you understand the impact of Trauma and strategies for working with children. Within your first year of fostering, you will complete your Induction training. This training consists of modules in Attachment, Safer Caring, Introduction to Child Protection, Recording and First Aid.
Everything which we do is child-centred. We are very proud of this approach and our use of recognised therapeutic approaches; Theraplay®, and Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Families.
As a Scottish-owned service, we make decisions close to home. That means we are responsive, innovative, and can provide a high-level of trauma-informed support.
Care Visions Fostering invest heavily in training, development and on-going support for our carers to ensure that they are fully equipped to provide safe and supportive foster homes for every child placed in their care. Our high level of support is of most importance to us; our supervising social workers are experienced practitioners, and we have Therapeutic Family Workers who can provide additional help.
As one of the leading Independent Providers in the sector we offer competitive Fees and Allowances that are reviewed on a regular basis.
Gavin Hawthorne, Supervising Social Worker
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