If you are already a foster carer with an independent agency or another local authority, we’d love to hear from you. The assessment process is the same as for a new foster carer, but we are able to fast track some parts of the application. A member of our fostering team will arrange to visit you and discuss the transfer process as soon as we get your application.
Dedicated recruitment team
We have a dedicated fostering recruitment team who will handle your application. From the start of your journey you will be allocated a qualified social worker who will support you through the transfer process.
Most children fostered through Brighton and Hove are local to our area, but we are also looking for placements for more ‘unaccompanied’ children seeking asylum. The ages of our children range from new born babies through to teenagers, with some of our care leavers remaining with their foster family after they turn 18.
There is a strong local link between our service and our foster carers. We arrange social events and celebrate the successes of our carers and children, including a Christmas party, a summer barbeque and an annual awards ceremony for the children in our care. Brighton & Hove fostering is part of children’s social services, (most of us are located in the same building), so we have a direct link with the professionals working with the child and their birth family.
Payments and rewards
We offer competitive rates for our foster placements. We base our payments on the experience of the carer, not the number of years they have been registered with the Brighton & Hove fostering service. Please see our Payments for foster carers page for more information about our payment scheme.
Discounts for Brighton & Hove foster carers
Did you know that if you are a carer for Brighton & Hove City Council, you can get discounts across the City, including Westows, days out with Brighton & Hove Buses, Karoake at Lucky Voice ? Our discounts are changing and expanding all the time. Once you are approved you will get a log-in to our dedicated ‘Carer’s log-in’ section of the website where you will see all the latest discounts and how to get them.
Our fostering team provides 24 hour, 7 days a week, 365 days a year support to all our foster carers so you are never on your own. We offer local training to all our carers, both as part of the assessment process but also ongoing training.
All of our foster carers receive paid membership to the Fostering Network. They also receive free membership to the Brighton & Hove Foster Care association, run by carers, for carers. We have local support groups for new carers as well as ongoing support for existing carers.
We provide activities for children in school holidays, including foster carers own children and when you need a break we provide respite care. Please see the Support for foster carers page for more information.
If your application is successful, we will work around your existing commitments once you have been approved. If you have a child placed with you from outside the Brighton & Hove area, we can wait until that placement is due to end before starting your first placement with us. If you have a with you from the Brighton & Hove area, we can make the transfer without disrupting your child's placement.