If you’re interested in becoming a foster parent, please contact us to look at finding out more about each other and seeing where we might go.
First we’ll have a friendly conversation to see what we’ve got in common, then set up an initial visit where one of our social workers will come and meet you. Here’s where you can ask plenty of questions, discuss what it means to be a foster carer and help decide if it’s right for you. One of the things they’ll help you consider is how being a foster carer may impact on your own kids and what age of children you would best be suited to.
Don’t worry, you’ll get to know everything about becoming a foster carer and whether you’ll be good to work with the children we’re working with. And then, the next stage is to apply to be a carer with us.
The Application Stages
Application Form/Statutory Checks
Either fill in the enquiry form or have a casual chat with one of our team. We are social workers not salesmen, so you will not be pushed into any rash decision regarding any potential career change to foster.
However, we do require a real commitment by applicants before starting the formal application process, once you have explored your choice to foster.
They include Criminal Record Bureau , Social Services, Education (for applicants with own children) and medical records. As you will expect, Fairways Foster Care have a duty to protect children therefore it is vital you are open and honest from the outset and during the application process.
If you have been convicted of certain offences including violence or crimes against children you will not be able to foster. However, other minor offences may not affect your application. You will need to disclose any convictions during the assessment process.
If you do not disclose something which subsequently comes to light, your assessment with Fairways Foster Care may be closed and you may be unable to proceed any further.
Personal and employment references will also be obtained, a Home Risk Assessment carried out and Medical checks to ensure you are reasonably fit and healthy. Your assessing Social Worker will guide you through the process and will ask you to contribute towards your portfolio.
There is a need for all applicants to divulge personal details and information, as will other members of the household/family/friends who may have contact with any placed child. Although sometimes this can seem intrusive, it is a necessary and important aspect of the assessment process and will be dealt with sensitively and objectively. It is important to be open and honest with your assessor from the outset. If any safeguarding issues were to arise during the assessment process, these will be fully discussed with you for clarification.
The whole process is one of mutual trust, stringent checks and open/honest communication between all parties. Do not worry, it is not as scary as it seems, and you can ask our approved carers about it when you meet with them.
It also gives you the opportunity to meet other prospective carers, some of our experienced carers, young people we have successfully fostered and members of Fairways Foster Care team. As you continue your preparation to foster, you will have the opportunity to attend a number of workshops to enhance your understanding and skills.
If appointed, you will be contacted by your supervising social worker when a child/young person is referred for fostering, if we feel that you could best meet their needs. You will then, after consultation, decide whether to offer a placement.