Here at Olive Branch Fostering, we welcome foster carers from all walks of life to our family

Whether you’re already parents, an older couple whose children have left home, a young couple just starting your own life, or an existing foster carer with another agency.

With training and guidance offered from the very early stages of your application, we believe that when we invest time in our foster families, they invest their loyalty and trust in us – enabling us to provide a better and more consistent level of care to the hundreds of young people who are passed through the system to us every year.

That’s why, when you join Olive Branch Fostering, you join a community of like minded foster carers who feel valued from day one.

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Transferring from another agency can feel like an overwhelming upheaval, both for you and any existing placements in your care. But contrary to popular belief, transferring to Olive Branch is not only a smooth process but will give you instant access to our friendly team and our comprehensive training opportunities – with other benefits including:

  • Competitive fostering allowances and fees
  • Ongoing commitment to training for carers
  • 24 hour on-call social worker
  • Your own dedicated social worker who will engage in monthly visits
  • Direct access to our senior management team, to discuss issues and challenges
  • Regular fostering forums which bring together families and our team members
  • An enjoyable community vibe at every event, training session, and meet-up

Transferring FAQs

I have a foster placement with me – what is the process?

  1. Submit written notice to your agency/council via post or email.
  2. A meeting will be arranged involving your current agency social worker, placing authority social worker, Olive Branch Manager and yourselves. During the meeting we will discuss the best interests of the child/ren, any support for the child and yourselves, fees and finances and a timetable of what will be happening in the following weeks.
  3. We will do our assessment (it’s usually much quicker than the first time you were approved) and then our panel will make a recommendation. You will then submit your 28 day resignation to your current agency, after which you will be an Olive Branch Foster Carer!

I don’t have any children in placement right now – what is the process?

  1. Submit written notice to your agency/council via post or email.
  2. You will be allocated an Olive Branch social worker who will complete your assessment (it’s usually much quicker than the first time you were approved) and then our panel will make a recommendation. You will then submit your 28 days resignation after which you will be an Olive Branch Foster Carer!

What fostering allowance will I get with Olive Branch Fostering?

Our weekly allowance payments vary depending on the needs and age of the child, as well as the number of children you care for – but as a foster parent, you can expect to receive up to £405.00 per child per week for a standard placement.
For a more complex placement you can expect to receive a higher weekly payment, rewarding you for your support as well as enabling you to channel the appropriate amount of time and care into the child’s wellbeing.