Information for our existing foster carers | Oxfordshire County Council

Information for our existing foster carers

Training and support is so important to our foster carers. Check out the events calendar for details. Some key event dates:

Induction Days are held twice yearly to ensure that all new carers get the opportunity to attend one day.  Dates are in April and October (dates will be confirmed by email). The Induction Day is for new carers to learn more about the service, but also open to any other carers who would like to come along.

If you are interested in joining either the KEEP Safe for ages 12+ or KEEP standard children between ages 5-12, just speak to your supervising social worker. Now also available is TEND which is aimed for children 0-36 months. Contact numbers.

Support Groups

We know that support is vital in the stability of fostering placements with many carers saying they could not foster if it was not for the support of other foster carers.  This is why support groups are so important.

Support groups are also an ideal opportunity for new carers to meet other carers.  It’s time for you to grab a cuppa and relax!

Support groups are held monthly in Abingdon, Kidlington and in addition we have some meetings on the north of the county.  For dates check out the events calendar.

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Allowances for foster carers

Foster carers are paid allowances, expenses and - in some cases - additional fees.

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Benefits and discounts

As one of our approved foster carers you’ll be able to take advantage of these exclusive offers.

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Forthcoming events

Training, events and support meetings for foster carers.



Documents to support the advice available from supervising social worker and child's social worker

Help and advice

Information available for to help you as a foster carer, including frequently asked questions.


Training for foster carers

Training available when you become a foster carer.

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The Foster Care Association

Supports and represents all foster carers registered with us.

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The supervising social worker

Foster carers have a supervising social worker to ensure that they are supported.

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