Becoming a foster parent
Step One - You’ve read about fostering, looked at the frequently asked questions and you’re interested in helping make a difference to a child’s life. You’ve contacted us to find out more.
Step Two - Our fostering team will get in touch, chat to you over the phone and invite you to attend the next information meeting.
Step Three – You attend the information meeting and return the detailed information form. One of our social workers contacts you and arranges to come and meet you in your own home to answer your questions and make sure fostering is for you. If the visit goes well and the social worker and you agree you wish to progress you will be invited to attend our Introduction to Fostering for Staffordhire course. At the end of course if you decide you want to continue you sign the intention to proceed form.
Step Four – You will be allocated your assessing social worker who will visit you at home to carry out your assessment and you will commence the Foundations to Fostering training course with other potential foster carers, so you are fully prepared to meet the needs of different children.
During the assessment they will also contact your referees and carry out a number of checks, including an Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check. This assessment is carried out to ensure you are ready to look after a child or children who have experienced difficulties in their lives. This process can take around six months. But please remember, we will support you every step of the way.
Step Five – You will be invited to attend a ‘foster panel’ with your social worker. At this panel your assessment will be discussed in further detail. The fostering panel meets regularly to approve foster carers. Once you have been approved, it won’t be long before your first foster child arrives at your home!
Step Six – You'll receive ongoing training and support, as you help children to grow up and develop at an important time in their lives.