Why Choose LiKa?
At our fostering agency, all LiKa carers are provided with specialist training that enables them to become skilled professionals, using therapeutic fostering methods to create positive change in childrens’ lives. We want out carers to succeed so that our young people can too.
We’re here to support you
To make sure our carers can reach their full potential and feel supported and confident we offer specialist support and supervision. Our expert therapists, trainers and social care practitioners are on hand 24/7 to help you whenever you need.
- 24/7 duty support line
- Monthly 1-to-1 supervision with your dedicated social worker
- Monthly group supervision with other foster carers and therapists
- Monthly training days specific to skills you need to develop
- Specialist training using actors to role play scenarios and enhance skills
- Online training that you can do from home
- A library of helpful resources, including guides and handbooks
- Support and training for your children
- Fun days out with other foster carers, children and LiKa staff
- WhatsApp groups to stay connected with your support team and our foster carer network
- A support worker when needed
- Support dealing with the young person’s family and professional help so you do not feel alone
- Regular feedback which we act on immediately
Come and say hello! We host regular events for all you future foster carers out there to come along, ask questions and find out more about the experience of fostering a child with LiKa.
What makes LiKa fostering agency different?
Our unique approach of training foster carers to use therapeutic ideas to support young people is just one way that our fostering agency stands out. There are many challenges in a young person’s life, so we want you to be prepared to help them tackle these together.
We provide frequent, fun, reflective foster care training and supervision to enhance your skills and development.
Individual supervision can be increased in intensity and frequency as and when you need it. We also provide group supervision with your fostering peers once a month, led by a systemic psychotherapist.
More Complexity, More Support
Practical and financial support increases where complex issues are identified.
Local Authority Social Workers
If requested, LiKa SSW will undertake direct work with children alongside the foster carer during times of crisis.
A new type of relationship
Experience a new type of relationship with SSW that reassures you that LiKa foster carers are well supported, enabling them to provide better care for children.
You will be invited to join all our specialist foster training and systemic group supervision sessions.
Children & Young People
We make sure all our foster carers know how to be playful and have fun with you!
Join our young persons’ council to help shape LiKa, help choose who works for us and decide how to spend money on activities and fun stuff.
Our foster carers support your contact and make positive relationships with your family.
Supervising Social Workers
Your supervision will be reflective and reflexive, undertaken by a dual qualified systemic practitioner and social work manager.
We have a tailored training package to make sure you continue developing professionally.
Flexible Working Hours
All our social workers are invited to work flexible working hours to suit the foster carers families they support and their own family life.
More than just Carers
Our foster carers are agents of change in a child’s life and work hand-in-hand with your care plans to improve and evidence outcomes.
A four-tiered price range that will reduce as change and stability is achieved and discounts on placements longer than 12 months.
Free training and systemic group supervision offered to all LAC SW who work with us.
Fun Fact : The meaning of our name
People have been asking us what LiKa actually means, so here’s why we chose the name for our fostering agncy…
The name LiKa is two syllables long and is pronounced ‘l(iy)- ka’. LiKa as a word has its own diverse meaning.
We feel the name not only relates to the diversity of children, foster carers, staff and community who are connected to LiKa Family Fostering. It also connects ourselves by letter, symbolic of the heart and soul we have poured into it’s creation.
It’s a unisex name and is used within the language of many different countries, including: India, Poland, Eqypt, Hungary, Russia, Sweden, Greece, France, Germany and many parts of Africa. Here are a few of our favourites:
In African-Swahili it is understood as ‘heavenly land’. India: mother, one who is sensitive, valuable, embrace. Sweden: to be equal and the same. Arabic: likeable. Greek: messenger. Bengali: desiring union, right path, new leaves. French and German: angelic, connected.
Transfering to LiKa
Transferring to our fostering agency is a very easy process and there is clear guidance set out by the Fostering Network? that guides the way we do this. Once you have made the decision to transfer we take on the majority of what happens next.
For more information please read the transfer of foster carers protocol.
5 steps to becoming a LiKa carer
Initial home visit to decide if you move into stage one of the assessment process: fact checking; references and health/DBS checks.
Attend a three-day skills to foster preparatory group and an ‘Introduction to Systemic Therapy’ training day.
Complete a full fostering assessment.
Attend our Independent Fostering panel, where a final decision will be made for you to become a fully approved foster carer.
The First Step
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