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What to Do to Become a Foster Carer

Becoming a foster carer is regarded to be the most rewarding experience that you can go through. 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.

Foster caring is a huge decision to make as you will be taking care of a young child’s wellbeing which can be tricky if you haven’t had children of your own. If you are truly interested in becoming a foster carer, then there are some steps that you must follow.

To begin with, you need to contact your local care agency and ask them for details about becoming a foster carer. They will offer you with relevant information and give answers to any questions that you may 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 will then decide whether or not you are eligible or not.

Application
The application process can take anywhere from four to six months depending on your family situation. During this process, you will begin to comprehend how fostering works and how being a foster carer will affect your life and your family.

The the agency will in this process collect all your information, conduct 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. You need to understand that the agency wants to approve you as they need foster families but they need to ensure that the needs of the children in care are well met.

The Assessment Process
A social worker visits your home several times to interview you throughout the assessment process. 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 entire decision-making and 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.

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