What is Fostering?
Children who are in foster care are special because they are not living with their own families. They come with a history of experiences, some of which may not be known. The objective for foster carers and social workers is to make life as ‘normal’ as possible for the foster child, bearing in mind that knowledge about his or her history may not be full or complete.
Fostering is concerned with shared caring. It is taking into a foster carers’ home someone else’s child. What foster carers have to offer is unique to each foster carer and their family.
What is the Process of becoming a Foster Carer?
Initial Enquiry – Believe it or not you have done the hardest bit.
Home Visit- A Social worker will come out to discuss your interest in fostering
Stage One– Suitability checks will be undertaken
Stage Two– Your fostering assessment will begin
Panel– All evidence will go before a fostering panel for approval
The assessment process takes on average 4-6 months to complete, during this period you will have to attend a two day Skills to Foster training course. Many foster carers have shared that they enjoyed the process after their initial anxieties and share how insightful and informative they found the process.
Here at Fostering Dimensions we cater for children and young people from various cultures and backgrounds. Whereby, possible we aim to place children with foster carers who are from similar cultures and backgrounds.
There are different types of fostering placements available and the length in which a child is placed with you can vary from a couple of days or until a child reaches 18years.
We are able to offer the following types of placements:
Bridging to adoption or independence
Parent and Child
During the assessment process your Supervising social worker will explore all the options to help you decide what types of fostering are best suited to you.