The Process of Becoming a Foster Carer
Step 1: Get in contact either by: phone, email or via the website, pop in to our office during one of our coffee mornings or come and meet us at a local event (please see our events page for more information).
Step 2: We will arrange to speak with you (on the phone or in person) to find out more about you and your family and to advise you on fostering. This call is completely confidential and all we ask for is for you to be honest.
Step 3: We will visit you in your home to do what is known as an ‘initial visit’. At a pre-arranged time a member of the Sussex Fostering team will come and meet you in your home to speak about fostering in more detail and look at the room(s) you have available to foster. This is also a great opportunity for us to answer any questions relating to the fostering process that you and your family may have.
Step 4: The assessment (Form F – Your Fostering Form)
We will allocate you a qualified social worker who will work with you and your family throughout your assessment process. They will visit you and your family in your home throughout your assessment to speak with you about your background (including current and previous relationships, your childhood and your support network), your experience as a parent and/or your experience working with children/young people and your financial situation. It is important they you speak to us about any health problems, any criminal or driving convictions or cautions as well as any contact you or any other member of your family have had with social services. We ask that you are honest with us throughout the assessment process. We will need to do checks which includes local authority, enhanced DBS check (used to be CRB), references from your employer and either your mortgage company or landlord. During the assessment we will also ask for you to go to your doctors to have a full medical. During your assessment you will need to attend a ‘Skills to Foster’ which is a training course for all new foster carers.
Once your form is written up you will sit down with your social worker to read through it and discuss whether there are any changes you would like to make or anything you would like to add before going to panel.
Once your form F is complete you will attend panel with your social worker where your social worker will present your form F. Panel is held at our welcoming office in Polegate (Eastbourne). A fostering panel consists of a group of professionals with experience working with children/young people.
Congratulations. You are now an approved Foster Carer
What happens next?
Behind the scenes we will be working with local authorities to match children/young people who come into care with you and your family.
Contact us today for a confidential conversation about becoming a foster carer with Sussex Fostering.