Becoming a foster carer is regarded to be the most rewarding experience that you can go through. It allows you the chance to raise an underprivileged child to ensure that they have the best possible upbringing in your care before they can before they can have a permanent home.
Child fostering is big decision to make as you will be responsible for the well-being of a young child and if you haven’t had children of your own, it can be quite tricky. In this case, therefore, if you are interested in becoming a foster caregiver, you need to follow some steps.
The the first step that you need to take is contacting your local care agency and ask them for details on how to become a foster carer. They will get you information as well as answer any queries that you might have. They will typically visit you at your home to discuss fostering with you in-depth. If you decide that you want to carry on, then the next step will be requestioned for an application. The advisor who came to see you will then assess your eligibility.
The Application Process
Depending on the situation of your family, the application process can take anywhere from 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 agency collects all your details, perform background checks and contact references. They will further request for a medical exam from your GP and a standard safety check of your home. It is essential that this is done openly and honestly and that you ask any questions as they may come up. Understand that the agency wants to approve you as they need foster caregivers but they need to ascertain that the needs of the children in care are met.
Throughout the assessment process, a social worker will be visiting you on several occasions. IT will be a requirement that you attend a training session after which the assessment result is passed to the fostering panel who decide whether or not you are eligible to be a foster carer. You will be involved in the whole decision-making process, and you can attend the panel meeting.
Foster Care Review
Once you are approved, you will be allocated a supervising social worker who will give you continued to support. They will support you in the fostering and conduct a 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.