Foster Care in Surrey
With borders which link it to Kent, Berkshire, Greater London, Hampshire, West and East Sussex, Surrey is a hub of activity, industry, and experience. Boasting the highest proportion of woodland compared with every other county in England, and home to some of the most affluent towns and villages in the South of England, Surrey is a populous and coveted part of England in which to raise a family. This is helped by the 450 primary schools and 166 secondary schools in the county, alongside notable attractions such as Box Hill, RHS Wisley Gardens, Hampton Court Palace.
And what better way to expand your family than by opening your home to a young person who needs support and guidance?
Becoming a foster carer in Surrey enables you to experience your local area through the eyes of a young person, while providing them with a stable and supportive home in which to thrive and kickstart the rest of their lives.
There were approximately 57,380 children living with foster families in England on 31 March 2021, with Surrey one of the most popular areas due to its proximity to the surrounding home counties and its links with central and Greater London. As well as being well located in the centre of Blue Sky Fostering’s remit, Surrey is an affluent area with plenty of opportunity for children from all backgrounds to embrace a more supportive home life – but we need your help!
There are around 45,370 foster families in England, but it’s not enough. In fact, in England alone, there is an urgent need for at least 7,000 more foster families – with children of all ages, from one year to fifteen+ years, seeking a safe place to call home.
This is Nick and Helen’s story.
As veteran foster carers, Nick and Helen have welcomed children and young people into their home since 2012 – when Helen was made redundant from her 9-5 and the couple decided to seek a new challenge which would put them back in touch with their roots (Nick having grown up with foster children as his parents were also foster carers).
Since 2012, the couple have supported three teenagers on long term placements, and one under respite care – helping them to deal with past trauma and embrace the potential that living in a stable home could present.
“We would describe our experience of fostering teenagers as fun, challenging and rewarding!”