How do I become a foster carer?
Naturally with something as important as taking care of a child or young person in your home there must be a thorough assessment. This is to ensure that a professional and safe service is given to some of our most vulnerable children and young people.
After people have approached Channel Fostercare either from our advertisements, by recommendation, the internet or from Recruitment Fairs we ask for some basic details. We would then arrange for a Social Worker to visit you and your family at home for an informal meeting. Following on from this Initial Visit we would ask you to complete an application form and if all goes well we will then invite you to start Stage 1 of an assessment.
In Stage 1 we would ask you to
- Provide information for a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS)
- Provide contact details for references
- Have a medical with your GP (which we would pay for)
- Attend an Introduction to Fostering training course.
We would also carry out a home safety and electrical check
Once we have all the information and documents we ask the Channel Fostercare Agency Decision Maker (ADM) to review the information that we have gathered and decide if we can proceed to Stage 2.
We will then write to you to confirm.
This stage will involve visits to your home from an Assessing Social Worker (ASW) who will go into more depth about the fostering role and your suitability.
The Assessing Social Worker will then produce a Form F Report which will then be reviewed by the Channel Fostercare Foster Panel. This Panel is made up of independent people who make recommendations about your registration as a Foster Carer. These recommendations are passed to the ADM for final approval of your registration.
Throughout the above process, which can on average take from 3 to 5 months, Channel Fostercare will guide you and be in constant contact. You will be able to meet other Foster Carers, meet some of our children and will be invited to attend training events.