Becoming a foster carer involves big decisions! Your decision to become a foster carer involves making changes in every area of your life: Our decision to approve you as a foster carer will impact on the life of every child and young person who comes to live in your home.
You provide foster care: The Fostering Foundation provides the support and training that you need to make the difference to the lives of vulnerable children and young people.
What makes a good foster carer and what is involved in becoming one?
What makes a good foster carer?
The Fostering Foundation believes that the most important qualification for making a good foster carer is a caring, understanding, reliable and supportive nature.
Carers can be single, or have a partner. You do not need to be any particular age (though you do need to be an adult and have a spare and suitable bed room). Some of you will have children of your own at home; for others, your children will have grown up and left home; others will not have had children of their own.
You’ll need to listen and learn and you shouldn’t be afraid to ask questions or seek help. You’ll have to be flexible but you should also feel rewarded by the experience.
We believe that:
The best carers are those who take the time to listen to children; to talk with them; empathise with them; are intuitive to their needs and are capable of building that bond of trust, support and understanding that is essential to underpin a successful placement.
The best carers are those who are champions for the children in their care; can laugh with them and also be there to support them in times of trouble and upset.
The best carers are those who earn respect from children and give affection to them appropriately and freely.
The best carers are those who display calm, control and direction when relationships with children get strained or when circumstances are stressful.
The best carers are those who can deflect anger in others and project reason.
The best carers are those who are interested to hear about the events of the child’s day and will acknowledge and give praise for progress, no matter how small or insignificant that progress may seem.
The best carers are those who are constant.
The best carers are those who care.
Once your application form has been completed, a Fostering Foundation Supervising Social Worker will begin the assessment process with you. This includes several visits to your home and finishes with a written report, agreed by yourself, that is presented to the Foundation’s Fostering Panel.
Everyone living in your home is considered in the assessment and statutory checks are made on those who are over 16 years. You will need to have a medical examination, carried out by your G.P. and personal references are followed up.
Each candidate participates in an initial training course before the assessment is completed.
The process is completed when your application is considered by a Fostering Foundation Fostering Panel which makes a recommendation on your approval, both as to the number and ages of children to be placed and other aspects of prospective placements, as appropriate to each carer household.
Approval By The Fostering Foundation
Approval is by a letter signed by our Agency Decision Maker to the candidate following the Fostering Panel presentation and recommendation.
The time taken to complete an assessment varies but we aim to complete the process from the acceptance of an application to Foster Panel presentation as quickly as possible. It’s usually around 16 weeks.
If you have read this far, and would like to apply, please fill out the initial enquiry form – APPLY NOW