Fostering - Frequently Asked Questions
This is discussed with you from the very beginning. You will be provided with advice and during the assessment process your social worker will discuss with you the age and gender of the children that you may wish to foster. If you have children of your own, their age, gender and needs will also be considered as part of the assessment to ensure appropriate matching for your child and your family.
We recommend that you discuss your decision to foster together as a family and keep your child or children updated on the progress of the application. Throughout the process the assessing social will explore fostering with your own children and the impact this could have upon them and this will be evidenced within the final assessment.
Your children will be invited to attend support groups and will have the opportunity to feedback their experiences on a regular basis.
The process can take up to six months between application and approval which can be a very long time for some families, especially those who expect the foster child to turn up within a week!! However, it is important that the assessment is thorough to make sure that any children placed are suitably matched so that all.
You do not have to own your own home to become a Foster Carer. You may live in council or private rented accommodation. It is important however that you have a spare room for the use of the foster child. Sharing bedrooms is possible but it will depend on the age and needs of the child.
We ask you to undergo DBS (police) checks, medical checks, housing and local authority checks as well as references and ex-partner checks etc. All checks are carried out to assist us in ensuring that children in care are kept safe from any harm or abuse while they are fostered. If you have any concerns about any checks please call us and we can discuss this with you.
If you have been convicted of any crimes against children or young people or of any violent crimes then you will not be able to foster. Any minor offences that have been committed should be discussed with the social worker that undertakes your assessment. Any decisions about this will be taken by the Agency Decision Maker and are determined on an individual basis. It is recommended that you disclose all convictions at the beginning of your assessment.
Approximately up to 6 months from receipt of your completed application form.
No, you do not need any specific qualifications to become a foster carer. However, life experience and maturity are very important factors in caring for vulnerable children.
If you would like to be a foster carer for the therapeutic fostering scheme, you will need to have demonstrated experience in caring for children or young people with complex needs. Ideally you will have a professional background within social care, education, youth justice, youth work, health or residential care.