One of the most rewarding experiences in a person’s life is becoming a foster carer. It gives you the chance to raise an underprivileged child so that they can have the best possible upbringing in your care before they can find a permanent home.
This is a big decision to make as you will be responsible for the well-being of a young kid and it can be quite challenging if you haven’t had children of your own. If you desire to become a foster carer, there are some steps that you need to follow.
First, you will need to contact your local acre agency and ask for details about qualifying to be a foster carer. They will offer you with relevant information and give answers to any questions that you may have. They will then visit you at your home to further discuss fostering with you. If you decide that you want to carry on, then the next step will be requestioned for an application. The advisor who visited you will determine whether or not you qualify to apply.
The Application Process
Depending on your family situation, the application process will take anywhere between four to six months. It is during this process that you get to understand clearly how the process of fostering works and how being a foster caregiver affects your life and your family.
The fostering agency will collect all your data, conduct background checks and contact your references. They will also require a medical exam from your GP and the standard safety check of your home. Be sure that you give open and honest reports and if any questions arise, do ask. You must know that the agency is after approving you as they need foster families but their core business here is to ensure that the needs of the children in care are met first and foremost.
A a social worker will be assigned to visit your home several times to interview you throughout the assessment process. You will also be required to attend a training course as well, and once the assessment is complete, it goes to the Fostering Pane who decide whether or not you are approved to be a foster carer. You will be involved in the whole decision-making process, and you can attend the panel meeting.
The Foster Care Review
Once approved, you will be given ongoing support by the Supervising Social Worker. They will support you in your fostering, and will conduct yearly review. In the review, you and your family, including the foster children will talk about your experiences with foster care and share your achievements and what is anything, you feel you need in regards to additional training and support.