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Why Foster with By the Bridge?

By the Bridge provides Foster Parents with skills, knowledge, tools, guidance and support they need to provide the very best care to children. 


We have an excellent team of Foster Parents who are supported by our experienced local teams across the UK. Originally founded by Foster Parents in 2002, we are an independent Therapeutic Fostering organisation with branches and Foster Parents across the North West, Midlands, East Anglia & Essex; Thames Valley; Sussex, and Kent.


Helping a child to discover their potential, and giving them the best possible chance at happiness is what makes Fostering with us so rewarding. But we never forget that Foster Parents must be well cared for and valued too, if they are to do their very best work.


We understand that the quality and availability of support is key to helping Foster Parents manage the children in their care, and in turn this level of quality leads to the best futures for children and young people.

What makes By the Bridge different? 

We are an Independent Fostering organisation

Being independent enables us to make decisions based on what’s best for us, our foster children and Foster Parents - unlike many other providers. Our independence enables us to be innovative and creative in our approach to fostering.

We are 15 years experience of fostering
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With 15 years experience, we understand the quality and availability of support that Foster Parents need. This leads to the best futures for children and Young people.

We are in high demand
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More children are referred to us than we can possibly look after. We receive over 500 referrals a week. Being with the wrong fostering provider could mean not having the number of children referred and fostering work.

We are unique in our Culture
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Our offices and countryside locations are carefully chosen and beautifully decorated in vibrant colours. We want our staff, Foster Parents and children to feel welcomed and ‘at home’ when they come to work or visit for meetings, training courses or groups. This is part of our unique culture, helping people feel special and where everyone is valued.

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We are Therapeutic in our Fostering
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The difference between ordinary fostering and By the Bridge's therapeutic Foster Parents is in how they think about the child. Therapeutic fostering has enabled our Foster Parents to do work that has resulted in many great outcomes.

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Support for Foster Children
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We encourage young people to achieve more than they thought was possible and offer them opportunities they may have missed. We also have tailor-made programmes for personal development.

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Great Pay, Allowances and Benefits
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Our pay to Foster Parents is higher than most providers. There are also a range of additional financial allowances and regular events that many other providers do not offer.

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Fostering Training
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We offer more training than any other provider. Whether you want to gain new qualifications or be trained to enhance your fostering skills, we provide more than 20 courses and workshops every year.

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Careful Matching
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97% of our foster placements do not breakdown. Our young people find stability with their foster families through careful matching and full support and training.

Foster Parents are treated as Professionals
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Our foster parents are recognised and treated as professionals and valued as the most important members of the specialist team working with the child.


As you complete your training as a Therapeutic Foster Parent, or study, you have the opportunity to apply for promotion to higher pay grades. There are 3 Grades of Promotion.

How to transfer
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Find out how to transfer and how long it takes

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Transfer FAQs
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Frequently Asked Questions about transferring to By the Bridge

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