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I think they both have their advantages and disadvantages but I think a lot of the myths aren’t necessarily true. I often hear you get less support with LA but mine is fantastic to be honest, and less/more difficult placements with IFA’s but I have friends which foster with an IFA and have constant baby placements.
If I was starting again I would call all IFA’s and LA’s my area and go with my gut! It has served me well for last 14 years!
I am at present with an IFA. Most refs are troubled teenagers, not attending school etc. Support is practically non existent. We stated we wanted younger children & were told we would always be full. A falsehood. We are transferring to the LA. It is my belief that the IFA we are with gets all the ‘difficult’ children & we know of quiet a few carers that have stopped fostering because of this.
Really sorry to hear that you have not had a positive experience with your IFA. I wonder if you are aware of the transfer protocol.. If this is followed then this should help ensure a smooth transition to the LA for you.. details are available here… http://www.fosterline.info/transfer-between-fostering-services/
there is a full copy of the transfer protocol available
Hope this helps