Fostering in Norwich and Norfolk with AFA
Are you interested in fostering in Norfolk? Learn why AFA is the best choice fostering agency to support you as a foster parent.
I want to foster in Norfolk
Make a positive impact on a child’s life
We’re looking for new foster parents in Norwich, King’s Lynn, Great Yarmouth, Thetford, Gorleston on Sea, Dereham, Taverham, Wymondham, North Walsham, Downham Market, Attleborough, Diss, and the surrounding towns and villages.
There are many children and young people in care in Norfolk, just waiting for a supportive and caring family like yours. In 2022, there were 1,089 children in local authority care in Norfolk. While 786 were living in foster homes, many more children still need homes with caring individuals like you.
Why do we need foster parents?
Children of various ages and backgrounds, ranging from babies to teenagers, require foster care. These children may have experienced abuse, neglect, or difficult situations such as parental drug use, mental health problems, death, or imprisonment.
Entering foster care during these circumstances is a traumatic experience for the child. It’s crucial to maintain communication between the children and their families and friends. It’s also important that they can continue attending their local schools. Fostering is challenging but fulfilling, especially when children improve in areas they used to struggle with.
Who can be a foster parent?
We want to hear from people of all backgrounds who love helping children grow and succeed.
We welcome all types of families. This includes single people, couples, married or unmarried individuals. It also includes those with or without children. We welcome families regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. It doesn’t matter if you rent or own your home.
To become a foster parent, you need to be at least 21 years old. Additionally, you must have a valid driver’s license and a car. Lastly, you should have an extra room available for fostering purposes. It doesn’t matter if you rent or own your home.
We believe that every family has something special to offer. As long as you have some childcare experience, and a strong desire to help children, you could be a good fit for AFA. Our comprehensive and high-quality training programme will equip you with all the skills you need to succeed.
Interested? Dig into our website to find out more and take the first step in making a difference. We are looking forward to hearing from you!
Get in touch to find out more about fostering
Why choose AFA Fostering in Norwich and Norfolk?
At AFA Fostering in Norfolk, we’re more than just a fostering agency – we’re a family! Our directors, Nigel and Graeme, our registered manager, Toni, and all of us at AFA, are passionate about providing the highest standards of care to children and young people in care.
We want to get to know both the children and our foster parents on a personal level. This ensures that each child is matched with the family who can best provide them with a stable, supportive, and loving environment. Our values of “Quality, Integrity, Respect” underpin everything we do. As an independent fostering agency, you can trust that the children’s welfare is always our top priority.
Remember, we’re here to support you every step of the way. Our team is always here to help and support you. With our training and support, you will gain the skills and confidence to make a positive impact on a child’s life.
Why Choose AFA?
Meet some of the fostering social workers who support our foster parents
Meet Jag and Nikki, two of our fostering social workers, and learn more about what fostering with AFA is like. If you want to give back, grow, and make a lasting impact, consider fostering with AFA Fostering in Norfolk. Let’s make a difference together!
“Foster parents do well if they have a fun, open and committed personality, and if they are resilient so they don’t give up on the first hurdle. Fostering is going to be hard; it’s not going to be easy, but the rewards are huge, literally huge!”
Jag, a social worker for 22 years, joined AFA 11 years ago after experiencing understaffing and overworking in a local authority. She currently manages 11 families with 13 children across Nottingham, Derby, Leicester, and Northampton.
Now a senior fostering social worker, Jag provides emotional support and reassurance to her foster families. She always treats them the way she wants to be treated. She encourages her families to contact her whenever they need support to prevent sleepless nights!
“For those children who need it, fostering makes a real difference and has positive outcomes. In my experience, fostering offers a more balanced life.”
Nikki, a social worker since 2012, joined AFA six years ago. Our commitment to providing support that best meets the needs of children and foster families attracted her. Now an assistant social work manager, Nikki says that good foster parents are approachable, respectful, polite, honest, kind, caring, and strong advocates for children. A good sense of humour is also a plus!
For those considering fostering, Nikki suggests speaking to current foster parents for a better understanding of the role.
Here’s what our foster parents have to say…
We understand that everyone wants to hear about the experience of fostering directly from the source. We’ve put together a collection of interviews with our foster families, who are eager to share their personal experiences and insights about fostering.
We think you’ll find these stories inspiring and it’ll give you an opportunity to get to know some amazing AFA foster parents. Enjoy!
Foster Parents Sarah & Dave
Let us introduce you to Sarah and Dave from Norfolk. These two have been fostering for AFA for six years and have welcomed a number of children into their loving home. They have four children of their own, with three who have now grown up and started families of their own, giving them ample space for fostering.
Foster Parents Christine & Andy
Meet Christine, a 42-year-old from North Norfolk who lives with her husband Andy and their children. For the past six years, she and Andy have been making a difference in the lives of children as foster parents with AFA. During this time, they’ve opened their hearts and home to three foster children.
Foster Parent Tanya
Say hello to Tanya, a 37-year-old from Norfolk. Tanya has been making a difference in the lives of children for the past two years as a single foster parent with AFA. Tanya’s own experiences as a child, including witnessing domestic violence and substance misuse, led her to pursue fostering. These personal experiences give her a unique perspective on the challenges faced by foster children and make her a compassionate and understanding foster parent.
Frequently asked questions about fostering in Norwich and Norfolk
Can I transfer to AFA Fostering?
We welcome approved foster parents to our fostering family. If you’re an experienced foster parent and want an agency that cares, please contact us. As a foster parent, you have the freedom to choose which agency you want to foster through. By transferring to AFA, you’ll receive the same high-quality support that all our foster parents receive, so you can continue providing quality care to the children in your care.
Our priority is always the welfare of the children. We carefully manage the transfer process to ensure that every child is unaffected or benefits even more.
We fully adhere to the Fostering Network Transfer Protocol, which was agreed upon by The Fostering Network, the Joint Forum of Independent Providers, and the Association of Directors of Children’s Services. This protocol ensures that agencies carry out the transfer of foster parents in the best interest of the child. If you transfer, you will also transfer any children you are looking after to AFA Fostering.
What support is there for foster families in Norwich and across Norfolk?
We are here to help our foster parents every step of the way. Fostering can be a rewarding but challenging experience. That’s why we provide the best support and training available. Our experienced team is always available, day or night, to help you feel confident in your role as a foster parent.
You’ll receive regular supervision and consultation, as well as opportunities for training and development. You’ll also have a fostering social worker who will be there to support you throughout your fostering journey.
We offer support groups for your own children. We also run activity days and participation groups for all the children linked to AFA. Our competitive weekly fostering allowance covers all of your foster child’s expenses.
Our friendly and knowledgeable local staff know who you are and are always ready to help. We believe that every foster parent should be able to provide a loving home for children in their community. We are here to help make that happen. So, if you’re ready to make a positive difference in a child’s life, trust AFA to support you at every turn.
What financial support is there for foster parents at AFA?
Private equity companies own a growing number of fostering agencies with the sole aim of making money. This has never been our intention, and never will be.
At AFA Fostering, we appreciate the hard work and dedication needed to be a good foster parent. That’s why we offer fostering allowances that are among the most competitive in our sector. However, we believe that being a foster parent is about making a positive impact in a child’s life, not the financial rewards. As one foster parent said:
“I don’t foster for the money, but I couldn’t do it without the money.”
Our fostering allowances consist of two parts: a reward for taking on this important role and a maintenance portion to cover a child’s everyday needs, such as food, clothing, and pocket money. We don’t publicly share the specific amount of the allowance, but our team is always available to chat with you and answer any questions you may have.
It’s important to note that foster parents are considered self-employed, so you’ll need to register with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and file an annual self-assessment tax return, and we’ll guide you through this. Also, fostering payments have special tax arrangements, so most foster parents pay very low levels of income tax on their allowances.
How can I find out more about fostering?
If you’re thinking about becoming a foster parent and want to learn more, here are some useful links:
Want to make a foster child feel at home? Learn about how to welcome a foster child into your home.
Ever wondered why a spare bedroom is required for fostering? Discover the answer in “Why does fostering require a spare bedroom?”
Case records and logs play a big role in the lives of foster children. Find out why case records and logs are so important to young people.
Choosing the right fostering agency can make all the difference. See “Which Fostering Agency Should I Choose?“
Ready to start the fostering journey with AFA? Learn “The Steps to Becoming an Approved Foster Parent with AFA“.
Want to hear from someone who has been there? Read these heart-warming words of gratitude from one of our young people as they leave foster care.
Contact us today about fostering in Norfolk!
Get in touch with the AFA team using our contact form here or call us on 01603 559 255. Our Anglia office is based at 12 Meridian Way, Meridian Business Park, Norwich NR7 0TA.