Verve Recruitment; The change-makers in foster care recruitment.

Verve Recruitment is a recruitment agency to compliment Local Authorities’ services and Not for Profit Fostering Charities. We are change-makers in foster carer recruitment and are looking to disrupt the current climate in foster care recruitment by increasing the number of foster carers with Not for Profit Charities.

Verve; creating engaging campaigns to recruit outstanding people.

We aim to find exceptional people with experience and skills in caring for children. To achieve this, we need to create engaging recruitment 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. We need foster carers who fully understand the role and are in it for the long haul because children need stability.

Children need foster carers who can make a difference in their lives and have real motivation and desire for change.

The ad said, ‘Could you foster; and we said yes, we could.’

And, actually, it did. Four fostering families were approved by a Not for Profit charity after replying to this ad!

Verve is NOT a Fostering Agency.

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. We recruit foster carers to work alongside Charities delivering the best outcomes for all children; ultimately, the aim is that all children will have a secure future.

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

Foster care is not about having a bed in your home for children; it’s about giving children stability and love in a home with foster carers that are in it for the long haul, no matter how much they push your buttons.

Verve does not believe in rushing the Recruitment process either. We take our time to enable you to create a professional relationship with the charities we work with to allow you to engage with them and begin strong fostering partnerships together.

I mean, how can you place a child with a foster family you may have known for a few months? For example, some agencies approve foster carers in 14 weeks! I don’t know about you; I wouldn’t want any child placed with someone you’ve known for such a short period.

Thankfully, the average timescale for Foster carers to become approved is 6- 8 months; however, we expected delays due to COVID19, but the process is not taking as long as before. The reality is that there is such a massive demand for foster carers that many charities, once they know they have found the right ones, work with you through your assessment and, finally, becoming approved.

Verve never rushes the Recruitment process.

The fostering recruitment process is structured and never, ever rushed. All Foster carers must have the vital training and support they need; subsequently, this is where your professional working relationships begin.

Verve knows that for many people thinking about fostering, the consistency of support and relationships are about trust, with partnerships where your ‘skills and experience’ are respected and valued.

Therefore, we work with you to find out what you are looking for from Fostering. We understand your skills and motivation in caring for children and why you want to foster, and then refer you with a ‘Not for Profit Charity’ that we feel reflects you.

And if this takes time, then that’s how it is because we have to get this right, for you as a foster carer, for the charities who need you and more importantly, the children who need you now, more than ever before.

Children need foster carers with experience in caring for them.

Charities need foster carers with experience to support vulnerable children. Subsequently, they offer you outstanding support to achieve this.

Achieving this standard of care will take time; more than likely, your decision to become a foster carer took time; often, people take years to wait for the right time? You probably did, so why rush now?

There are so many types of foster care to decide from; they range from short term, long term, emergency care, respite care, Parent & Child, sibling foster care; there are so many decisions to make, you must take time to find out the best type of foster care that works for you, and your family.

Verve; taking time to get it right.

If we take our time, then it is likely that children placed with foster carers will be successful placement. Therefore, taking our time is vital; every time a child has a ‘broken placement’, they begin to lose faith and trust in people; consequently, they develop a barrier that often stays with them throughout their lives. This has to stop.

Sadly, many children in care are let down continuously; they rely on us to get it right, and we get it wrong; these children deserve better.

Verve does things differently; we recruit differently.

Verve offers impartial advice on the fostering role, the process of becoming a foster carer and the criteria for Foster carers that Not for Profit charities need.

We have extensive experience in the Fostering industry, from recruitment within the Independent Fostering industry, working with children in care and being in the care system ourselves.

Verve is the change-makers of Foster care recruitment; we listen to what people want; we understand the foster care recruitment challenges; subsequently, we have adapted our system to meet those challenges.

Verve Recruitment; on a mission for change.

Picture of a little girl with her headphones and listening to music.

I have chatted with people who had been interested in fostering but had become ‘disheartened’ and didn’t continue. Firstly, some of the agencies they spoke to said there was ‘only older children available who are likely to display challenging behaviour.’

Secondly, they said they ‘felt judged.’ This attitude is not helpful to people thinking about fostering children; not surprisingly, they gave up.

Thirdly, and more importantly, 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. Owner of Verve Recruitment

Can you foster?

If you have experience caring for children and have patience, time and a sense of humour, please do get in touch. Fostering is a challenge, but it is worth it when you have the right support, and this is what charities excel in.

Please, send me your details in the form below, and I will get back to you…Together, we can all make a difference in vulnerable children’s lives in care.


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