After an initial discussion over the phone we gather some basic information to help start assessing your suitability and what type of fostering might best suit you.
STEPS TO BECOMING A FOSTER CARER
BECOMING A FOSTER CARER
We assess all applicants to see whether they have the right skills and abilities to become a foster carer. The assessment process takes up to four months from start to finish, and all your questions and concerns will be discussed in depth.
A member of the team will visit you at home to discuss fostering in more detail, and look at the space you have available for a foster child. We can also answer any questions you may have.
If we both agree that the assessment should proceed, the social worker will complete an application and you will embark on a comprehensive assessment. The assessment explores your background, experiences, parenting skills and the qualities you will bring to fostering.
Together with the social worker you will provide evidence of your ability to care for children or young people. The assessment will also involve talking to your children, any adult children who have left home and ex-partners where applicable. We will complete reference checks via your local authority, and ask you to provide three personal referees
You will also be invited to attend a three-day preparation course for prospective foster carers which is part of the assessment. This training will cover a variety of topics in order to prepare you for the fostering task. Other checks, such as DBS (Disclosure and barring service) and health assessments will also be undertaken.
The fostering panel is a group of lay people and professionals who will consider the assessment and make the decision on whether you will be approved as a foster carer. Once you are approved we will match you to the most suitable child/children for you.
If you would like to contact us, you can do so in a variety of ways.
Send us an email, give us a call or say hello on social media!
If you have any questions about fostering, do not hesitate to ask us and we will provide you with all the information you need. Ascent Fostering has over 30 years of experience in fostering children and our team can support you every step of the way.
Ascent fostering Agency
51 Woodcote Road