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Fostering Statement of Purpose

This Statement of Purpose sets out what services are provided for children who are placed with Somerset’s Fostering Service and also includes those provided by other agencies. Download

Fostering Fees and Allowances

Fostering allowances are payable to foster carers to cover all the needs of children and young people.
All foster carers are paid a fee to reflect the type of placement they offer and the skills, experience and commitment they bring to fostering. This is in addition to the allowance received for the child. The fee scheme provides a clear career pathway for foster carers to progress through the levels if they wish to. Download

Adoption Statement of Purpose

This Statement of Purpose sets out what services are provided for children looked after, birth families, potential and prospective adopters, adopted children, adopted adults and support services to Special Guardians. Download

Adoption Contact Register

Information leaflet on The Adoption Contact Register. The purpose of the Adoption Contact Register is to put adopted people and their birth parents or other relatives in touch with each other where this is what they both want. Download

Birth Families

Information leaflet for Birth Families who are placing their baby for adoption or who's child is being placed for adoption. Download

Leaflet - Fostering in Somerset, general information

Foster Carers are people who offer a safe, stable home to a child or teenager when their own family are unable to do so. As a Foster Carer you can make a real difference to a child or young person who needs this extra support.

A spare room in your home, enthusiasm, a willingness to learn, and bucket loads of patience are a must. People from all walks of life can apply to
foster – It doesn’t matter if you are single, married, in a same sex relationship, own or rent your home, have children of your own, or not. Download

Leaflet - Short Break Care

Short Break Care is a specialist fostering service for disabled children and young people. Teenagers or children might have a learning disability, a physical or sensory disability, significant health care needs, or a combination of these.
Skilled Foster Carers look after many of these children on a regular basis. Download