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Why Choose Us?

Selecting the right fostering agency for you can be a challenging decision. What matters most is that you’re making the choice to foster. Learn about CAF here.

Let’s make a difference, together.

Thousands of children in the UK are looking for a home. 

Whether you choose to foster through us, or you choose another agency, it doesn’t matter – what matters is that we all, collectively, put the children first. 

On this page, we’ll discuss the benefits of joining CAF, but if we don’t sound like a good fit for you, talk to us anyway, and we’ll help you make the right decision.

Want to talk to one of our friendly advisors about the benefits of fostering through CAF? Click the link below!

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Why foster with Children Always First?

The benefits of CAF

24-hour support

We recognise that fostering comes with its challenges. It’s essential to us that you never feel isolated. That’s why we provide a 24-hour support line, and each household is assigned a supervising social worker for ongoing support.

Sector-leading training

We offer all of our foster carers, both new and experienced, access to extensive training specific to their needs. All training is flexible and can be delivered online or on the weekends, if necessary. It’s our job to ensure you’re ready for anything.

Dedicated youth team

Our dedicated youth workers add an extra layer of support. Each child aged five years and over is allocated their own youth worker, who will work alongside you, mentoring and engaging with your foster child ensuring children are able to reach their full potential.

Therapeutic parenting focus

Therapeutic parenting is about creating a sense of belonging in the foster parent/child relationship. We offer support and training for any foster carer to adopt a therapeutic parenting style of parenting.

We specialise in youth work and therapeutic care

Most fostering agencies have a specific focus or strength. 

For us, we’re incredibly proud to be the only agency in the West Midlands with a dedicated youth team. This means that all CAF foster carers enjoy ongoing, regular support from our youth workers, all of whom are highly skilled in both 1-2-1 and group activities with foster children/young people. 

We also have our own clinical lead, whose role it is to run therapeutic groups, both for carers and children. We pride ourselves on offering the very highest levels of support.

Sector-leading youth work

From nights spent camping to one-on-one activity days, our youth workers are specialists in being whatever a foster child needs – which is often a mixture of supporter, mentor, and professional; it’s their role to help your foster child learn to build healthy relationships.

Specialised support

You’re never alone when fostering through CAF. Our support team are here 24/7, whenever you need us. We also offer a broad range of clinical support as and when required, both for yourself and for your foster child.

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What do our carers say about CAF?

Our Services

We offer a broad range of foster care support services, ensuring that our foster carers have everything they need to thrive in the role.

Youth Team

Our youth team sit at the core of CAF. We run regular events for foster families to attend, as well as 1-2-1 activities with your foster child to help broaden their horizons.

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Financial Support

Our financial support team are here when you need them. From accountancy funding and support through to ongoing financial advice, we’re here.

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Therapeutic Approach

We’re big advocates of a therapeutic parenting approach. We offer extensive training and support for foster carers wishing to adopt this style of care.

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We run a broad selection of both mandatory and elective training courses. All of our courses run during the academic year (no training in the holidays!).

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Placement & Matching

We can support you through the entire assessment and placement process. It’s our job to match you with a child that’s a perfect fit for your home.

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Specialised Care

Some children have specialised needs. We can help you to meet their needs, or provide assistance in a variety of ways to keep the child happy and healthy.

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