Having made your initial contact with the Agency either by website or telephone a Social Worker will contact you.
The Social Worker will discuss fostering with you explain what it entails, expectations ,challenges and impact upon your family and take some details from you. They will then make an appointment convenient with you to visit you at home.
The Social Worker will undertake an initial visit to you and your home. This will allow for further discussion, share information and further information to be gathered. A decision will be made whether or not to proceed.
If you proceed you will be invited to attend preparation to foster training, this will take place over 3 days if the Agency and you decide to progress after the training you will complete an application form you will then be allocated an assessing social worker, who will undertake an assessment of you and your family to ascertain suitability to foster.
This will involve several visits to your home and some work that you will be asked to complete.
At the end of the assessment you and the social worker will have agreed what is best for your family approval to foster. Ie gender, numbers of children, age etc
The assessment and recommendation will then be submitted to the Agency fostering panel for consideration, you will be invited to attend the panel.
If panel recommends your approval it will then go to the Agency decision maker for ratification.
You will then be informed in writing of your approval as foster carers