Verve – Engaging Recruitment Campaigns to find exceptional people!

Verve Recruitment-
The change-makers in foster care recruitment…

We are a recruitment agency here to compliment the services of Local Authorities and Not for Profit Fostering agencies. We are looking to disrupt the current climate in foster care recruitment by increasing the number of foster carers with charities. The purpose of this is to reduce the number of children placed to Independent Fostering Agencies and reduce the exorbitant fees they charge our local authorities. Ultimately, we want to see Local Authority budgets used for the purpose-designed; providing high-quality care for vulnerable children and families when they need it.

We aim to find exceptional people with experience and skills in caring for children. To achieve this, we need to create engaging campaigns that don’t reflect ‘a false illusion’ of fostering as a profession. Our campaign designs focus on the reality of fostering; there are children in care waiting for homes, but it’s not a bums in beds operation. Children don’t need that; what they need are foster carers who can make a difference in their lives and have real motivation and desire to do this. We are not a fostering agency, and we don’t make money from children in care. What we do is find the right people for the right charities and agencies. Ultimately, these people will go on to make a vast difference in the lives of vulnerable children and young people as excellent foster carers.

Children in care do not need a bed; they need a home.

The aim of creating ‘engaging recruitment campaigns’ is to inspire future foster carers who have experience in caring for children to come forward. Sadly, for many vulnerable children in care; it’s no longer about having a bed in a home. It’s about children having stability in a safe home; with foster carers who won’t give up on them; no matter how much they will push your buttons.

Verve does not believe in rushing the Recruitment process; we take our time to make sure that we create a professional relationship together. How can you place a child with a foster family you may have known for a few months; for example, some agencies are approving for carers in as little time as 14 weeks! I don’t know about you; I wouldn’t want vulnerable children placed with someone that you’ve known for such a short period. The average timescale for Foster carers to becoming approved is on average 6- 8 months; however, delays are often expected, especially with COVID19.

Verve fostering recruitment; screening in candidates; not screening out!

‘We like using Verve because you not only create campaigns, but you complete a thorough screening call in the evenings and weekends. As a result, you give us precise and exact information about the potential foster carer before we speak to them. Ultimately; this information enables us to have a clearer idea of what they are looking for as a foster carer; and for us to decide on a home visit quicker with a focus to move ahead’.

Taking time to recruit Outstanding foster carers.

Not for Profit charities offer consistent training and support.

The fostering recruitment process is structured and never, ever, rushed. All Foster carers must have access to the vital training and support they need on a 24/7 basis. This support begins from the very first introduction to the charity, and continues throughout your fostering journey; usually, with the same social worker assigned to you. Verve understands the need for consistency of support and building relationships based on trust with partnerships where your ‘skills and experience’ is respected and valued. We screen your inquiry to establish your skills and motivation for fostering and connect you to a ‘Not for Profit Charity’ that we feel reflects you.

‘Not for Profit Charities’ are unique; they invest every penny profit back into the support services they give to children and their foster carers’.

Charities need foster carers who know what they need to do to help vulnerable children; and in turn, they have the support behind to do this. To achieve this standard, we know it will take time. Your decision to become a foster carer took time, often taking years to come to this decision; you waited for the ‘right time…So why rush?

If we take our time, there is more likely that the children’s placements will be successful. Taking our time is vital; because each time a child has a ‘broken placement’, they lose faith and trust in people. Sadly, many children in care have been ‘let down; continuously; they are relying on us to get it right. These children deserve better. Verve does things differently. We recruit differently; ultimately, Verve aims to create a ‘vital awareness of Foster care’ with the ‘right people’ at a ‘fraction of the cost typically associated with Recruitment agencies’.

Find out more about fostering through Verve.

Verve offers impartial advice on the fostering role, the process of becoming a foster carer and the requirements for Foster carers that charities in your community need. We have extensive experience of the Fostering industry from recruitment within the Independent Fostering industry and from our experiences of working with children in care and being in the care system ourselves.

I have chatted with people who had been interested in fostering but became disheartened and didn’t continue. Firstly, some agencies said there was ‘only older children available who are likely to display ‘challenging behaviour.’ Secondly, they said they ‘felt judged.’ Entirely how this is supposed to help people decide to become foster carers is hard to understand; and not surprisingly, they gave up. Thirdly, children in care need to get their voices heard; however, how can they do this if the people who would do this most effectively for them can’t get heard either?’

Val Hogan – Verve Recruitment Limited

If you have experience of caring for vulnerable children, patience, time and a sense of humour; please do get in touch. Every child is unique and has different needs which are why foster carers are not a ‘one size fits all‘. We are looking for foster carers to compliment the Not for Profit charities with a ‘family feel‘.

There’s no obligation, no fees, just honest and impartial advice for you to decide on whether fostering is the right choice for you? Make today unique for the right reasons, start your journey into becoming a foster carer with a Not for Profit Charity!


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