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Change the lives of children and young people for the better by becoming a Foster Carer. With a spare bedroom and a lot of love, you can discover what fostering means to you.

Find out what fostering means to you with Blue Sky Fostering

Fostering can be a challenging experience, that is why we’re here to allow you to be the best Foster Carer you can be. That’s why we offer you the support you need when you need it. You will receive initial and ongoing training to enable you to give the best care possible to your young person. Everyone in your local Blue Sky team will support and help you. We offer a comprehensive, 24/7, out of hours service provided by our own, qualified, Supervising Social Workers who will know about you and the young people in your care.

You may need us a little, you may need us a lot, we’re always here to support you by providing:

  • Our carer ‘buddy’ system
  • Support Groups
  • Training in all aspects of fostering
  • Family outings and social events for everyone
  • Monthly support meetings

We tailor training to you and give you the tools you need to change lives. If you would like to find out more about fostering. Fill in the form below to get your fostering journey started, and become a Foster Carer.

"It means the world to know I can help change children's lives for the better."

Mary, a Blue Sky Foster Carer.

Fostering is an extremely rewarding opportunity that allows you to have a positive effect on young people’s lives.

What is Fostering?

Fostering is looking after a young person that is in need of a safe, loving environment and stable family life. Foster Carers, or Foster Parents, provide a full-time family environment for the benefit of young people.

There are many reasons why a young person can no longer live with their birth family, such as abuse, neglect, or even difficult circumstances like birth parents falling ill. Some young people could be in care for a couple of days, whilst others could be in care for their entire childhood. For more information on types of fostering, visit our page below.

 

Who is Blue Sky Fostering?

Blue Sky Fostering is an independent fostering agency (IFA) which are an important part of foster care. We work with local authorities to help ease the heavy demand placed on their services. As more young people come into care, the need for IFA’s also increases. We also offer specialist training and support to our Foster Carers so they can look after young people who need it most. Foster Carers that register with IFA’s also benefit from their own Social Worker.

"Fostering means helping children be the best they can be."

Linda, a Blue Sky Foster Carer

Paving the way for a brighter future with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

DofE Expedition

Blue Sky Fostering is the first Independent Fostering Agency to achieve the license to provide the Duke of Edinburgh’s award for our young people, including young people from your fostering family. The DofE programme gives young people the opportunity to develop the skills and attitudes they need to become more confident, independent adults. By supporting our young people through their DofE Award, we are investing in their future.

 “In the process of completing the DofE Award, they learned many positive things about themselves and that they can do anything they put their minds to!” – Ed Thompson, Training & Participation Manager.

Become a Foster Carer and support them to achieve, like these young people…

“The skills I learnt on the Blue Sky Duke of Edinburgh Award prepared me for my future – I’ve just been offered my first job!” – Daniel, 18.

“Thanks to the belief of my Foster Carers I’m now studying at university.” – Sasha, 19.

 

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

 

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Meet Our Founder!

Simon Lockyer

Founder & Director

Blue Sky Fostering was founded in 2005 by active Social Worker, Simon Lockyer. He has grown the agency from a modest office in Hampshire to becoming one of the leading independent fostering agencies in the south of England. Blue Sky is committed to providing Foster Carers with the support they need and has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted on four consecutive occasions.