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What happens next?

What happens next?

If you’ve decided that resilience fostering with Staffordshire County Council is something you’re interested in, then you’ve already taken the fist step to changing a young person’s life.

Get in touch

All you need to do now is get in touch with us.

You can do this in a number of ways:

  • Fill in the short online enquiry form. It only takes a couple of minutes and we’ll come back to you
  • Give us a call on 0800 169 2061 (this is a free phone number so you won’t be charged for

Then what?

Once you’ve got in touch with us, attended an information meeting and you’re sure that resilience fostering is for you, we’ll support you through an assessment so that we have the information we need to match your skills and experience with the needs of a young person looking for a family.

The assessment has three main parts and can take up to six months from start to finish.

  1. An initial visit from a social worker who will run through the type of person that’s needed to be a resilience foster carer, answer any of your questions and give you some more information about the scheme.
  2. An assessment by a social worker and a clinical psychologist who will look at things like your ability to form attachments with people, ask for help and your ‘bounce-backability’. It will also look at your skills and experience and how you might use them to support the young person across each of the six building blocks of resilience.
  3. Presentation of your assessment report to the Staffordshire Foster Panel for approval

Once you’ve been approved as a resilience foster carer, we will work with you to match your skills and expertise with a young person who needs your care.

We’ll then support you through a clearly structured pre-placement process which will enable you to be fully involved with a team of children’s service professionals and the young person’s birth family as we plan for the young person’s future.

You’ll never be going it alone. We’re here to support you to change a young person’s life.