We are delighted to announce that we have become a Fostering Friendly employer, giving extra support to staff who foster children and young people.

This scheme is accredited by The Fostering Network, in recognition of the valuable contribution foster carers make to our society and especially the lives of children in care in Reading. We hope it will make it easier and more achievable for any of our staff who are interested to follow their dream to become a foster carer.

Fostering Friendly logo by The Fostering Network

Di Smith, Board Chair at Brighter Futures for Children, said“We are keen to encourage fostering in Reading and understand that foster carers who work with us may need some flexibility in order to meet the needs of their fostered child.

Foster carers who work with BFfC will be offered paid leave to attend training or meetings relating to fostering. Employees will also be offered paid time off when a child is first brought into their care to give them the chance to welcome and settle them into their new home.

“We hope this will offer some support to our current staff who foster and encourage others to consider fostering alongside their career at Brighter Futures for Children.”

Do you work for a company based in Reading? Would you like to consider becoming a Fostering Friendly organisation and support children and young people in your local community? We would love you to get in touch and learn more about how to do it.

Speak to us: foster@brighterfuturesforchildren.org

Learn more about the scheme: https://www.thefosteringnetwork.org.uk/get-involved/championing-fostering/fostering-friendly