Friday, January 18, 2019
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:
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.
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;
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.
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