How To Foster – Fostering Requirements
Welcome to the Excel Fostering “How to Foster” guide. Many people are interested in becoming foster parents but aren’t sure what the process entails or what the requirements are to become a carer, this guide will answer all these questions and more.
Firstly, you may be asking yourself “can I foster?” If you’re reading this then you probably already have the core traits of someone who can foster; that being a caring heart and a desire to help make a difference in the lives of children and young people in need. Though there is a little more to it than that.
The basic requirements for becoming a foster carer with Excel Fostering are that you’re over the age of 21, are in good health and have a spare bedroom in your home. This latter point is incredibly important as, by law, all children and young people in foster care require their own private and secure environment to help them flourish and develop in a positive manner. Your gender, race, religion, relationship status or whether you identify as LGBTQ has no impact on your ability to provide top quality care to a child or young person and so it doesn’t impact your ability to become a foster carer.
If you meet these requirements and are considering becoming a foster carer, then we urge you to send an application into Excel Fostering today!
This process will start with a supervising social worker visiting you, and your family if applicable, in your home. This will be a relatively informal meeting where we will discuss the assessment process with you as well as go through the details of your application and talk a little bit about your background and experience. This will help us start to complete your Form F Assessment, this is the form that will be presented to the fostering panel at the end of the process.
Generally, the assessment period lasts four to five months. During that time period, you’ll be invited to attend foster care skills training. This is a service we offer to all potential carers as part of our training and support package. This training course will ensure that you have all the care and parenting skills you need to offer a top classing fostering service and are able to perform all the duties required of you as a foster parent.
The final stage before you officially become a foster parent is the foster panel meeting. This panel will be made up of members assigned by both Excel Fostering, as the fostering agency you are applying with, as well as third-party members with fostering experience. The goal of the panel is to make the final assessment as to your suitability as a foster carer. After the meeting, the panel will then make a recommendation to us as to whether they feel you are suitable for the role which will help us make a final decision.
Once you’ve been approved and joined the Excel Fostering team, it’s important to know that you may not receive a placement for a foster child straight away. With foster care, great care is taken to match a child or young person with the right carer who can best meet their needs and offer the types of fostering services that will help them grow and develop.
So that’s our quick “How to Foster” guide. If you have any further questions, want more information on the foster care approval process or want to apply, please don’t hesitate to contact us! We can be reached by phone on 01253 712734 or by using our online enquiry form.