How to Foster – The Fostering Process
The fostering process begins with a love of children and a desire to make their lives better, one child at a time. We are Excel Fostering, and we provide caring families to children and young people in the North West, Cumbria, Lancashire and Cheshire.
This is a brief overview of where a carer’s career begins, viewed in five easy steps:
- You contact us about your desire to be a foster carer. There is no obligation in simply enquiring about what it takes to become a carer. It is our pleasure to talk to you about what can be an extremely rewarding career. It is important to realise that your marital status, age, gender, and sexual orientation are not factors in acceptance as a foster parent.
- If you wish to join our team, the first thing we will discuss with you is the space you have available in your home. The main requirement is that you have a spare bedroom. It doesn’t matter if you own or rent your home, or whether it is a house or flat.
- Our social worker will visit you at home so he or she can get to know you and your household better. There will be several visits spread out over a couple of months. This is an ideal time to discuss any questions that might arise in your mind about making this change in your life.
- You will attend training sessions and meet others who are also entering into the world of caring for foster children as well as those who have experience in providing loving homes to a variety of youngsters. There is a health check. It is important that you be in good health. There is also a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check on household members over the age of 18.
- When the application process is complete, a report is provided to a fostering panel which makes a recommendation as to your suitability to be approved as a carer. The final approval decision is made based on this recommendation. Don’t let this be a daunting prospect. There is constant feedback during the visits and training.
We need carers from a variety of backgrounds with a range of skills and experience. There is a child or young person in this geographical area who needs you to provide the type of family environment that will help him or her achieve a positive outcome in life. There is no one specific type of care that is typical. Each child comes with his or her own personality, needs, and abilities. Excel cherishes the diversity in families and their ability to meet the needs of the children in care.
Please get in touch with us today to find out more about becoming a foster carer, the assessment process, the types of fostering, the options available to you, and how you can start the application. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is ready to provide you with the information and advice you need.