It can only take 4 months to be a UK foster carer!
Step one – Free Fostering Application Service
Simply Fostering Handbook
If you decide to complete our enquiry form, you will receive information packs from the most suitable Fostering Agencies in your area. This will give you the opportunity to read about what they have to offer, and which agency or agencies visit you. You will also receive the free Simply Fostering Handbook
Step two – Home visit by the fostering Agency
Following the initial visit and the decision to proceed, the Fostering Agency social worker will arrange to start your assessment. For couples, both applicants will have to undergo the fostering assessment, checks and training, as both applicants will need to be approved as foster carers before they can foster children.
Step three – The assessment process
The assessment will involve about twelve home visits from the assessing social worker who will also visit your referees and any other relevant people.
The process is an enjoyable experience however it can be demanding and feel intrusive at times.
The assessment will cover all aspects of your life in depth. The Fostering Agency has to meet legal requirements, and needs to ensure that they ‘get it right’ for the foster children you look after. Just as importantly, the Agency needs to get it right for you and your family.
Assessment training – Approved foster carers
As your fostering application proceeds you will be invited to attend a training course. Most fostering agencies use the Fostering Network course called “Skills to Foster”.
The three or sometimes four day fostering training course is arranged to be as convenient as possible for you and might be staged over weekdays, evenings or weekends.
The foster carer course gives you the opportunity to learn more about fostering, and is usually compulsory before approval. This is also a chance to meet other people applying to become foster carers and to hear what approved foster carers have to say about their experiences of fostering.
Foster children, families, care plans.
By the end of the assessment you will be expected to show you can develop the following skills:
- The ability to communicate with children, their families and professionals;
- An awareness of child development and the particular needs of foster children;
- A willingness to work with the care plan for the child including working with their families;
- The ability to keep accurate records;
- A willingness to attend meetings, support groups and training courses.
Step four – Fostering Panel – Approved UK foster carer
At the end of the assessment, you will be invited to attend the agency’s Fostering Panel when your approval will be discussed and a decision made. Read more about the Fostering Panel.
Fostering assessment, training and education
You will find that the information below provided by the Department of Education .gov is useful when thinking about and/or undertaking the fostering assessment.
Being a foster carer is one of the most rewarding careers out there, but being with the wrong agency can mean not having the number, type of placements and financial benefits you expected. Contact us and we will find you suitable agencies in your area with vacancies.
Free Fostering Application Service
Deciding to foster.
Hopefully you will decide to take the next step and if so, we at Simply Fostering would like to thank you for starting the exciting journey to make a difference and becoming a foster carer.
Download the free UK Fostering Handbook after completing our enquiry form.
We are always here as a source of reference about fostering and our free Handbook will help you to ask the right questions and to find answers about foster care in the UK.