The Fostering Process (Foster Carer Assessment)
There are a number of steps you will undertake to successfully become a foster carer.
Once you have decided you are ready to take the next step, and would like to start your fostering journey - you will begin the fostering assessment stage. The steps are outlined below:
- Express an interest
- Home visit - a fostering social worker visits you at home
- Submitting an application
- Police, health and statutory checks
- Preparation, assessment and training
- Assessment undertaken by fostering social worker
- The fostering panel
- Matching you to a child
- Placement of a child
We totally understand that making the decision to become a foster carer is a big life-changing decision. Throughout each stage you will have a dedicated worker who will support you / you and your family during the assessment and beyond. Read more about the benefits of fostering a child with Blackpool Council.
How long does the process take?
It usually takes on average around 6 months to complete the fostering assessment process. Throughout this time you will be invited to attend a number of training courses that will cover issues such as:
- Understanding how children feel when they are separated from their birth families
- Working with birth parents, including managing contact
- How to provide ‘safer’ care
- Managing the behaviour of children who have experienced neglect or abuse
- Understanding what it means to care for someone else’s child
If you'd like to learn more about the fostering process, or anything else to do with fostering why don't you pop along to one of our events and open days, alternatively contact us online, or call us on 01253 477888.