I'm trying to decide the best option for my family with regard to becoming a foster carer. I have three children one ds 22 who does not live at home, dd 7 and ds 5 (who is in the first stages of being assessed for Asbergers).
I have fostered previously many years ago before I met my husband with the local social services and looked after four different children within the school holidays. I really enjoyed the experience, although it was hard at times for son who was then 9 as he had to sleep in my room due to having a two bed house then.
Now my thoughts are I want to work from home, I want to be here whilst my kids are young and I want to experience the huge positive gain if I have changed the life for the better for just one child. No job satisfaction can equal that for me. However, fostering is a vocation, although better paid now by fostering agencies (approx 400 weekly, with tax benefits) its still underpaid for 24 hour care of a needy child.
So question is do I work for an agency (NFA look good?) or work for the council where the wages will be much lower? I would like to know anyones experience of either. Do I assume correctly that the agency would have the more demanding children and not have the same amount of work as the council? If I don't work then I have no pay.
Thank you for reading.