Have you ever wondered what happens after you enquire.... how does the process work..... how long is the process.... what are the various stages you go through to becoming an approved foster parent... ?
Please take a look at this simple timeline which should give you all the information you need; but if anything is unclear. please get in touch and we would be happy to have a chat and discuss it in more detail.
FROM ENQUIRY TO 1ST YEAR REVIEW
You have a chat with one of our fostering advisors to see if you meet our basic criteria and if fostering is something you would like to find out more about
We meet at your home to discuss fostering in more depth and answer any questions you may have – COVID advice will always be observed
You submit your application form, and we start to make our checks and obtain references
SKILLS TO FOSTER
You will be invited to attend our preparatory training sessions to learn more about fostering and our SMILE therapeutic parenting approach. These are currently via video link
An assessor will complete your assessment which is compiled as a document and presented to panel for consideration
Your assessment paperwork is read and discussed, and a recommendation is made to the agency decision maker. You are made aware of this recommendation
The agency decision maker makes their decision based on the panel’s recommendation and if you are approved you will be notified
Once you have been approved you will start our comprehensive induction and training programme
Information is shared with you about young people you may wish to consider, meetings are held to progress this interest, resulting in a decision to arrange an introduction
Following a positive introduction, the placement is agreed
1ST ANNUAL REVIEW
You will receive your one year voucher and certificate as part of our Appreciation Award scheme
*Enquiry to Approval takes approximately 4-5 months but is dependent on us obtaining external references and information which can affect the length of time the process takes.
We are looking for therapeutic foster parents to join our amazing team. Please get in touch if this is something you would like to know more about: