How Do I Become A Foster Carer?

rebeccaharper By rebeccaharper, 25th Apr 2017 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/37h-8gt0/
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If you're curious about fostering but aren't sure how to get the ball rolling, read more about the fostering application process in this article.

Dispelling the myths

There are many misconceptions surrounding the fostering profession that prevent people from coming forward as potential foster carers. What many people don’t understand is that it is a career choice as much as anything. You can’t be discriminated against for being single, married, in a same-sex relationship or unemployed in the workplace, and these same rules apply for fostering. Fostering agencies choose their potential foster carers based on their suitability to do the job, rather than their personal situation. For this reason, anyone with the time and space to care for a child in need should consider doing it! Here are the steps to becoming a foster carer…

Check if you’re eligible

To be in with a chance of being selected to be a foster carer, you need to be over the age of 21 and be healthy enough to keep up with the demands of a young child. If you are living with a partner, one of you will have to be home enough to take care of the child or children. And finally, you need to have a spare room in your home, or be planning to have one in the near future. It doesn’t matter if you own or rent your home, as this won’t be taken into consideration.

Enquire with your local agency

You can either choose to foster with a private fostering agency or go with your local authority. The process will be very similar, but some people find that the training with private agencies will be more bespoke. However, if you are looking for a quick placement, your local authority will be more likely to place a child from your local area with you quicker than the alternative.

Prepare for the home visit

After you have completed your application, a social worker will visit your home to speak to you and your family about the process. Everyone over the age of 18 in the home will need to be interviewed, and they may want to speak to any children just to ensure they know what is happening. They will try to determine if you are fully prepared for the process and that your home is suitable for caring for children.

Start the training

The next step in the process involves going through the training programme. This is the most difficult part of the process, and it will require a great deal of emotional strength as you will be asked questions about events in your life and be expected to pick through your reactions to ensure you are fully prepared for the challenges ahead. This part of the process might be difficult, but it is the only way to ensure you are ready to foster a child. It will give you invaluable skills that will be essential for every step of the fostering journey, but it won’t be the end of your training, and you will be able to top up your knowledge with continual training.

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Childcare, Children, Childsupport, Fostering, Parenting

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Rebecca Harper is a freelance writer living in London. She specialises in law, politics and social issues including equal rights for women in the workplace and the social services.

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