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Is fostering right for you?

We work to make it easy for interested people to find out about fostering, and to make their own decision about whether fostering will be right for them, without any pressure to commit to  do anything until they are ready to do so.

You can easily  find out more about fostering by: 

Home visit by an fp.c foster carer  

Most  people who are interested in fostering, find it helpful to meet with one of our foster carers to hear directly what being a foster carers is actually like. To arrange a home visit by one of our foster carers, please telephone or submit an online form.

At the conclusion of this home visit, our foster carer will leave you leave an application form for you to complete to formally apply to foster, if you wish.  Completing this form does obligate you to progress matters in any way, it simply progresses matters to the next stage.

If you are still not sure if you wish to apply after this home visit, and would like more information to help you to decide, we will be happy to provide this or to arrange for you to talk to one of our  social workers or recruitment advisers.

Completion of statutory checks

After we have received your completed application form, our recruitment adviser will contact you to discuss the  next steps in the approval process which involves us taking up the range of checks  required by the Fostering  Regulations.

During this statutory checks stage, we will;

  • Take up references
  •  Arrange for each applicant to have a GP medical ( we pay the medical costs)
  •  Complete criminal records checks on each applicant and any other adult members of your household. (Please see  our frequently asked questions page for further details on this aspect of the process) 

Presentation  of reports to fostering panel

During this stage, one of our social workers will need to meet with each applicant several times to draft a report for presentation to fostering panel. This report will set out in detail your individual backgrounds and personal and household circumstances, the reasons why you wish to foster a child, your previous child care experience and make recommendations about your approval as foster carers, etc. You will have the opportunity to review the final draft of this report and to check the contents for accuracy, before it is  shared with our fostering panel.

Where possible, and to avoid unnecessary delay, we may begin work on preparing this report prior to the completion of all of the vetting mentioned above.

Following completion, the completed "home study" report is presented to our fostering panel for consideration. Our fostering panel meets regularly. You will be invited to attend the meeting along with the social worker who wrote the report. 

Our fostering panel is composed of a mixture of people who have experience of working with or caring for children in a wide range of settings e.g Education, Health and Fostering. Most of the panel members are independent from this agency. Although going to panel can seem daunting, in practice, it is very rare for panel to raise any questions that we have not already discussed in detail with you many times before, so there really is no need to worry!

The whole approval process takes about four months. 

To find out more about teaming up with Family Placement,
contact us or just give us a call on 01993 706925

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