FCL Fostering was set up in 2020 by Suzanne and Ray Porter who became foster carers themselves in 2004. We are a small independent agency in the heart of the North West!
FCL Fostering are a small independent organisation who are recruiting foster carers. Fostering will change life for everyone involved, if you are a single person, couple or family who have a spare bedroom and feel you have the skill set to support and care for a child or young person.
Foster carers come from every kind of background – we look for a nurturing and positive outlook which is what children are most in need of! We look for life experience and most importantly resilience which can guide a child to develop similar skills.
We want foster carers from all ethnicity’s, gender, sexual orientation, marital status… it doesn’t matter if you own your home or rent it as long as you have one spare bedroom!
If you are open, honest and have space in your home and in your heart for a child you can foster. We will provide you with the training and support to understand trauma and how to support children to overcome their experiences.
Just like our foster carers, children come from a range of backgrounds and different family situations. It is so important that you are able to see the potential in every child to lead them to the best opportunities for them.
Any questions can be answered at any point throughout your assessment process and the fostering journey ahead!
We are a small independent fostering organisation, FCL Fostering was set up in 2020 by Suzanne and Ray Porter, who themselves became foster carers in 2004. Their fostering journey changed their lives and their children’s lives, Chantelle and Conor, for the better. They welcomed 3 boys into their home who are still a big part of the family now.
Our Responsible Individual, Raymond Porter, became a foster carer in 2004 and since then has 17 years’ experience working within the care sector; both within fostering and leaving care.
Ray has significant experience as a Managing Director of a leaving care organisation supporting young people to independence aged 16 years and above for more than 10 years in addition to be a director of a fostering agency. Prior to this Ray has worked across other fields including transport and the military.
Ray is a Panel Member for the Forber Foundation who provide grants of financial support for disadvantaged youngster pursuing Basketball in Manchester.
Our Team Manager, Julie Murphy, has over 15 years’ experience as a Social Worker and has experience working with many different children’s charities such as Barnardo’s, NSPCC as well as local authority social work, court work looked after children’s teams and children at risk of exploitation.
Julie qualified as a Social Worker in 2007 gaining his Social Work degree at University of Salford. Since then, Julie has worked for two local authorities across the Northwest and two larger independent fostering agencies and gained valuable experiences and training within the fostering arena. Working with many different agencies and children’s charities such as Barnardo’s, NSPCC as well as local authority social work, court work looked after children’s teams and children at risk of exploitation.
Our Vision and Our Mission
What we want to achieve
To provide dedicated fostering care to children and families whilst we are on the fostering journey together.
For children and families to accomplish opportunities together and triumph.
- Positive commitment
- Family based
- Investing in people
- Professional integrity
How we are going to achieve
We have experience as foster carers and social workers ourselves and will show compassion towards you and your role.
Support all children, young people and carers by sharing knowledge and spreading what we know.
We will do this by investing in people; our children and their future, our carers and our staff team through positive training and support.
We will carry out our duties with professional integrity, dedicated to all of our children and young people and we will safely recruit staff.
Our Values and Principles
- Collectively achieve our goals and aspirations as a team working collaboratively
- Promote development, independence and preparation
- Inspire an empowering environment for all who are involved with Fostering Changes Life
- Encourage creativity to permeate through the lives of everyone
- Create a fulfilling promise to support everyone to achieve their potential
- Promote every achievement no matter how big or small
- Provide a range of opportunities for foster children, birth children, foster carers and staff
- Positively promote achievements
- Harness an inclusive culture for all individuals and diversities
- Practice fairness and equality for all people
- Invest in our children and young people and their carers for their futures
- Maintain a positive commitment to our role and responsibility
- Practice with professional integrity and virtue
- Work to maintain continuity for children and young people and their carers, with a sound and transparent financial basis.
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- All children will be given a ‘Welcome Guide’ which is age appropriate
- We will support you at any meetings
- We will support your wishes
- You will have regular meetings with your social worker
- We aim to provide a clear and transparent space for practising collaboratively
- The chance to enjoy fun days out and engage in activities as a part of Fostering Changes Life
- We will provide children and young people with regular forums
- We will create a savings account for you from the day you start, for you to take with you when you move
For Foster Carer’s
- We will provide you with a Foster Carer’s Handbook
- You will be given a designated ‘Supervising Social Worker’ who will provide guidance and support
- We aim to be clear and transparent with all our decisions and processes
- We will host informal Support Groups or coffee mornings regularly
- We will provide you with 24 hours support via our ‘Out of Hours’
- The chance to for everyone to enjoy fun days out and engage in activities as a part of Fostering Changes Life
- We will pay for your membership with FosterTalk, to provide you with unlimited independent advice, legal expenses insurance, access to their legal advice line and much more
- You are entitled to an annual respite allowance payment
Where are we?
We are based in Lancashire and cover all areas of the North West of England.
Get in touch with us if you are in these areas and would like to foster.
We have a wealth of experience as foster carers and social workers.
Call us: 0330 1330 706
Fostering is about providing a safe and caring home for a child or young person when they are unable to live with their own family.
Children come into foster care for many reasons. It may not be safe for them to remain with their families as they may be at risk from harm, abuse or neglect.
Foster care provides a safe, secure and stable environment for the child whilst their needs are assessed and decisions about their future are made.
Fostering Changes Life recognise the decision to foster is one of the biggest life changes that you will make.
What is Fostering?
Fostering is a demanding and skilled task which requires skills and qualities. You will require commitment to develop and continue learning. Becoming a foster carer is a lifestyle choice that needs to include the whole family. It is very rewarding as well as challenging
Download our enquiry pack today to read more;
- About us
- What is Fostering?
- Who Can Foster?
- What Support/Finance can I expect?
- The Recruitment Process
- Placement Types
- Working as part of a team
- Training Programme
- Qualities of a successful Foster Carer
- Key Principle Duties and Responsibilities
Caring for Children
- What we provide and do differently
- Frequently asked Questions
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