Become a Foster Parent

24/7 Support for our Foster Parents

By the Bridge offers a range of fantastic training, support and benefits to ensure you have everything you need to provide the best possible outcomes for our children. With 24/7 Out of Hours support, 365 days a year, you can feel comfortable phoning us whenever you need to, knowing we'll always be there to offer the appropriate guidance and support.

In addition to our dedicated Out of Hours support, all our Foster Parents receive:


  • A Dedicated Supervising Social Worker (with a protected caseload so you get the attention and support that you deserve)
  • 21 nights paid Respite per year (annual leave)
  • Regular Supervision groups - local support network
  • Careful matching by our in-house experienced Referrals team
  • Consultation with in-house Psychotherapists as needed
  • A team of in-house Education Advisors (EAGALS)
  • Long service rewards
  • Refer a Friend to Foster Scheme - earn up to £2,000 each time you recommend a friend who becomes a By the Bridge Foster Parent 
  • Free childrens activities and familiy events 
  • Career progression/promotion opportunities
  • An experienced, local Fostering team
  • Competitive Fostering allowances
  • Free Foster Talk Membership - which offers a range of additional advice, support and discounts


Ongoing Training 

Our Foster Parents are highly valued and respected by the whole team. By the Bridge Foster Parent are skilled professionals, and an equal partner in our team - and continue to do amazing work with all our children. As professionals our Foster Parents are entitled to the best support as well as ongoing training to ensure personal development and career progression. 

You don't need any previous training or formal qualifications to Foster, you will just need to be prepared to learn new things.  Our unique Therapeutic Thinking Training program has been developed and is delivered by experienced, professional psychotherapists with many years of experience working in Therapeutic Fostering.



A truly Therapeutic Fostering Agency

We offer all new By the Bridge Foster Parents the opportunity to engage in our 20 day Therapeutic Thinking Training program.  We provide a progressive training program that is specifically designed to educate and inform you about Therapeutic Parenting. 

Our training is designed to gradually advance and enrich your therapeutic understanding, skill and knowledge – embedding your knowledge as you gain more Fostering experience. You will quickly have the opportunity to learn about theories and subjects to support your understanding of the complex needs of our children and young people – and put it into practice. 


Contact Us for more information about you could start Fostering and start changing children's lives.

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