We are an independent agency which means that we recruit, train and support our team of foster carers. We work in partnership with the Child and Family Agency to offer foster care placements to children who require care.
Fostering with us
When you foster with us, you will be part of a supportive, caring and hard-working team. From the point of enquiry you will receive accurate information about the process and be supported throughout assessment and training by friendly, professional workers. You will benefit from ongoing support, advice and guidance throughout your fostering career
‘Giving children opportunities that others take for granted’ was devised a number of years ago by a group of children in our care and we believe that every child deserves a chance to be part of a loving and caring home.
Types of foster Care
We provide twenty-four hour availability and support to our foster carers and the children placed with them. Therefore we can accept emergency referrals and make a placement with appropriate carers as available outside of office hours.
Long Term Placements
We provide long term foster care placements to children and young people who require a permanent alternative home for the duration of their childhood. Oak Lodge Fostering Services recognises that short term placements are often the initial plan for a child whilst reunification options are explored, and long term placements can develop as the child’s care plan changes. Oak Lodge is committed to recruiting foster carers who have the flexibility required to meet the changing needs of children and their plan of care.
Short Term Placements
Our foster carers care for children on a short term/time limited basis when this is within the agreed care plan.
Assessment placements will be short term placements where an agreed focussed assessment is undertaken by the Oak Lodge foster carers. The carers as part of the team work with CFA colleagues, therapists, psychologists and education professionals to assess the child’s strengths and needs in relation to a specific area of their development. This assessment can contribute to the long term planning for children; help determine the best placement options and the support services needed. A written assessment report will be provided by Oak Lodge Fostering Services.
Frequently Asked Questions
We have our own foster carers whom we assess, train and support through the fostering task. We provide a 24 hour on call service and paid respite.
There are some essential criteria however:
- You must be over 25 years of age
- You must have a spare bedroom
- You must have a full drivers licence