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Top 10 Reasons to Transfer to FCA Scotland

As an experienced foster carer, we know you are committed to transforming the lives of vulnerable children and young people who desperately need a safe and loving home. That’s why you need a fostering agency that matches your level of commitment, an agency that not just provides excellent levels of support but one that goes above and beyond to ensure the best outcomes for you and the children in your care.

August 8 2022 - 4 min read

If you’re unhappy with your current fostering agency then now is the perfect time to transfer to one where you feel happy, respected, listened to, and supported to be successful in your role as a foster carer.

If you’re looking to join a thriving fostering community where you aren’t just a number, but have a voice in effecting real change and improving the lives of the children in your care then discover the reasons why you should transfer to FCA Scotland…

Here are 10 fantastic to make the switch!

1. A Child-Centric Wrap-Around Model

What makes FCA Scotland different from other fostering agencies is that everyone involved understands that children and young people with histories of trauma, abuse, neglect or attachment difficulties need therapeutic input to help their wellbeing and development.

When you foster with us, you’ll be part of a network of childcare experts who work with each young person and yourself to look after every area of their wellbeing. We call this collaborative approach Team Parenting.

When you foster a child with us, you don’t raise them alone. You’re part of a team of professionals who are all devoted to helping children in care have the healthiest and brightest future.

2. Dedicated to #KeepingThePromise

FCA Scotland participated in the Care Review, which listened to the voices of over 5,500 children, young people, and adults. This led to The Promise, a longstanding commitment in Scotland to ensure the children and young people grow up loved, safe and respected. FCA Scotland is proud of our pledge to #KeepThePromise and is committed to supporting our carers and providing loving, caring, and supportive foster homes to children and young people throughout their childhood and into their adult lives.

3. A Culture of Participation

When you transfer, you’ll be joining a positive and empowering culture where everyone feels respected, valued, and has a voice in being able to contribute. Our dedicated team encourages all children to have their say – tailoring our activities and service around them. While our biannual Foster Carer Rep Forums give all our foster carers the opportunity to feedback any ideas or concerns directly to the senior management team.

4. Excellent Allowances, Loyalty Bonuses & Rewards

If you’re considering transferring then you may be worried about how your pay will be impacted. It’s important to consider the financial implications of transferring for you and your family, which is why we’ll not only ensure we match your current fostering allowance for each child you bring with you, but also you’ll have a whole host of additional benefits too!

When you foster with FCA Scotland, you’ll be part of our STARs scheme, one of the most generous reward and loyalty schemes out there, designed to reward and recognise all the incredible work our foster carers do in changing the lives of young people in their care.

As part of the scheme, not only will you receive a summer and winter £250 bonus payment each year, but an additional bonus each year rising in line with the length of service, along with gifts and experiences for each fostering milestone you hit.

5. Regular Placement Opportunities with Expert Matching

Being one of Scotland’s largest and most reputable fostering agencies mean we are a trusted partner for local authorities - regularly receiving referrals for a wide range of new foster placements. Not only are our services in high demand, but we also pride ourselves on getting the right match ensuring the child and yourself have every chance of success. That means when you foster with FCA Scotland it won’t be long before you have a child in your care who is the right match for you.

6. A Family-Feel, Inclusive Community

At FCA Scotland we are one big family. One where everyone has a voice. You’ll enjoy the sense of involvement that comes from joining a large and long-established agency with unrivalled resources, which equally treats you as an individual with tailored wrap-around services to you. You will be invited to local support groups and other activities all year round to help you build and maintain friendships and support networks. At FCA Scotland, you’ll never feel on your own. There’s always something going on near you where you can meet up and chat with like-minded foster carers and share the advice and experiences of your foster families.

7. Ongoing Professional Development

With FCA Scotland, you’ll have first-class regular training throughout your fostering career. We offer a wide range of courses available (both online and face-to-face) that help further develop your knowledge and skills to meet the specific needs of particular children or in more specialist areas or approaches.

8. A Stable Support Network

As one of Scotland’s biggest fostering agencies, when you transfer to us, you’ll have the stability of fostering with a reputable organisation with the depth and breadth of resources to support everyone, whilst always finding services local to you. Many of our staff have been with us for years, so you won’t have to face regular upheaval with new staff coming and going, and have the continuity of your dedicated supervising social worker.

9. A Quick and Easy Transfer Process

Transferring to FCA Scotland is easier than you might think, you’ll have our dedicated team with you every step of the way. Your application will be fast-tracked, making the whole process quick and easy. We always fast-track experienced foster families through the assessment process - aiming to complete it within just 12 weeks of your initial enquiry.

10. A Generous Refer-a-Friend Scheme

When you transfer to FCA Scotland, you’ll be able to take advantage of our generous Refer-a-Friend scheme that rewards you for spreading the word about your experience with FCA Scotland.

By recommending somebody to foster with us, you could receive up to £3,000 for each family we approve – £1,500 once approved and another £1,500 after their first year of fostering. You can also receive a reward for successfully recommending a respite family to us. You’ll receive £750 once approved and another £750 if they’re still fostering with us after 12 months.

Transferring to FCA is quick and easy. Simply request a confidential call with us today.

Fast track your application to join FCA Scotland today...

All you need to do to get started is to book a time which suits you, and our dedicated recruitment officer will give you a call for a confidential chat to discuss everything you need to know about transferring to FCA Scotland.

No pressure, just a friendly chat offering open and honest advice and support about the transfer process.

Remember, when you transfer to FCA Scotland you’ll receive:

  • Excellent allowances, loyalty bonuses & rewards
  • Regular placement opportunities
  • A family-feel, inclusive community
  • Access to a dedicated, stable support network