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mandy110165 Wed 13-Jul-11 19:07:13

I am being made redundant in August and have also had to give my foster child notice to leave. However, social services have now dropped a bomb shell on me that they will not consider me for further placements unless i get a job as I will not be "financially viable"
I have 2 spare rooms and they are saying no when they are crying out for placements.

Is this madness or what!!!!!!!

NerfHerder Wed 13-Jul-11 20:26:29

Eh? In my LA they want carers not to work, as they may be needed during the school day. This sounds very strange!

mumsiepie Wed 13-Jul-11 20:29:58

I don't understand Mandy. I am a single carer and it has never been an issue. Most LA's advertise for all kind of carers including single ones. I would definately not be able to go out to work and foster as well. We have a number of single carers in our LA who don't work as well as foster; in fact I dont know of any single carer who goes out to work as well. I would phone fostering network and also consider transfering to an agency. They prefer you not to work anyway.

It is madness!! xx

mumsiepie Wed 13-Jul-11 20:31:03

By the way how do you/how do they expect you to manage in school holidays????

mandy110165 Wed 13-Jul-11 20:47:58

My feelings exactly. I left a well paid job so that I could work as a support worker in schools, to enable me to be off in the holidays, do the school run etc.
I will try the fostering network tomorrow but, if the lead social worker and head one are saying " you need to show in writing that you have enough money coming in WITHOUT the foster carer alowance" i think I am stumped. After all, it is them that refer children to me.
It is so maddening and I feel like crying.

Thanks everyone for your help x x

mumsiepie Wed 13-Jul-11 21:11:45

Can you say where you are based Mandy? Or if you dont want to say, does your LA advertise for single carers? Many other LA's would be glad to snap you up. Some children do better with a single carer. I would be crying with frustration too if I were you and I would feel very let down. Have you any children of your own?

mandy110165 Wed 13-Jul-11 21:15:29

I am based in Blackburn, Lancashire. Have 2 daughters of my own, both teenagers. Do I need to move to your area to be valued then!!! LOL

mumsiepie Wed 13-Jul-11 21:21:38

I used to live in Blackburn!! There was a thread on here not so long ago and it transpires East Lancs pays really low allowances. Move to my area, a long way (scotland) but very different!! Speak to Fos Network tomorrow. Don't be despondent cos there are other avenues. Who was it that said each crisis is an opportunity! xx

mumsiepie Wed 13-Jul-11 21:22:30

By the way are you claiming tax credits (working and child) plus child benefit?

mandy110165 Wed 13-Jul-11 21:26:38

Would love to move there..It's me dream when I retire. Don't get CB for the foster child. Have got working and child credits but they will stop when the fostering does.
I was looking at losing my job as an opportunity to do fostering for more kids and under 5's but SW's have put paid to that.
I know of a few carers in our area who don't work and are fostering so I don't know how they did it. I will speak to them and find out.
I might go back to nursing or assessing!!!!

mumsiepie Wed 13-Jul-11 21:36:30

I used to be a nurse too.

Surely you could provide in writing your child and working tax credit and your child benefit......that shows you have income coming in. Just say you dont spend very much!!

mandy110165 Wed 13-Jul-11 21:44:09

not sure it will be enough for them as i'll have to show outgoings as well..
Did you do general nursing. I'm a RNMH. worked at Brockhall.
Off to try and get some sleep. Not much chance though. Had a rubbish sleep pattern recently with all this going on.

Thanks for all your help. Hopefully chat later x

maypole1 Wed 13-Jul-11 21:49:35

I would talk things over also get their reasoning in writing of why they feel they can use you, then I would get down to a different la they will bite your arm off or go to an agncey then get down to the dwp

mumsiepie Wed 13-Jul-11 21:51:41

You have to show outgoings?????? shock

How long have you been fostering for? Let me know how you get on and have a good sleep now. xx

General nursing, not really nursed since I moved to Scotland 15 years ago.

Juey1 Thu 14-Jul-11 08:38:56

We have just been approved and neither myself or my partner are working at the mo ( I am doing teacher training and oh is doing a degree) When I qualify I will (hopefully) be working full time this means oh is classed as the main carer and sw spoke in length about how important it is to for him to be available foe holidays and meetings etc. I would speak to them and say that if you had a job and are a single carer then how will you make the various core meetings etc. Good luck xx

scarlet5tyger Fri 15-Jul-11 21:08:48

I had this problem when I applied to an agency - they turned me down as I was a single carer without enough savings to cover me for a year if I had no placement.

LA on the other hand would have turned me down if I didn't give up work!

I can sort of understand the agency thing now - they must have had a crystal ball and seen the reduction in agency placements coming up - but it's ridiculous for a LA to turn you down.

NanaNina Sat 16-Jul-11 19:34:45

I too think this is madness. The only thing I couldn't work out was why you had to give notice on your foster child?

I have 30 yrs experience as a sw and tm mgr in fostering & adoption (now retired) and agree with everyone who says this is madness. It is acknowledged these days that fostering is a job, even though you are only paid when you have a placement. What age range do you take?

I think you should write a letter of complaint to the relevant manager and at the same time ask for a copy of their complaints procedure. The usual way is to try to resolve conflict with the relevant sw and his/her manager. If you are still disatisfied, you move to stage 2 which is usually an independent person looking at your complaint an stage 3 involves the social services committee. Complaints precedures will vary between LAs which is why you need a copy. Asking for a copy of the complaints procedure in your letter will also show the manager that you mean business. It is a completely ludicrous reason they have given - as others have said, they more often prefer carers who are at home all day.

Do you know how you could support yourself financially between placements?

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