Step 1 - Contact Us!
We will talk to you about fostering and ask you some questions about yourself and the people in your household. Following this discussion, a home visit will be arranged and you may be sent an information pack, with an application form.
Step 2 - Complete an application form.
This will provide us with information about you and your reasons for applying to become a foster carer. It also includes a form for you to sign, giving your consent for Talawa to take up the checks and references which are a legal requirement of becoming a foster carer. These checks and references include:
- Enhanced criminal record check on members of your household age 16 and over, and any others who might help you with caring for a foster child.
- Medical check, carried out by your GP, which will go to Talawa’s medical adviser for comments.
- Local Authority check of residence, which will include checks with their children’s services department and the education service.
- Three personal referees, who will have to provide written references and be interviewed.
- Other references as necessary, for example your employer.
Step 3 - Complete an assessment
A social worker will carry out your assessment.
This will involve a number of visits to your home, and the social worker will talk to all the members of your household about their views of the fostering application. The social workers will talk to you about your background, your way of life, and how a foster child could fit into your current way of living.
There is not a standard length of time that an assessment takes, but if there are no delays we would expect an assessment to be carried out in 3 to 4 months.
Step 4 - The Fostering Panel
Your assessment report will be presented to Talawa’s Fostering Panel for approval.
You will be invited to attend the meeting of the fostering panel when the social worker’s assessment report is being considered. After discussing the report, the panel will make a recommendation to Talawa’s registered decision maker on whether you should be approved.
Step 5 - Your Linkworker
If you are approved as a foster carer, you will be allocated a linkworker whose job will be to support you when foster children are placed with you. Your linkworker will talk to you about whether you need any furniture or equipment before you start fostering, such as a bed or wardrobe, or a cot or stair gate for younger children.
We can give you an assurance that Talawa’s assessments are carried out in a way that is completely open with the applicants. We hope that everyone who applies to us can be approved to be one of our foster carers, but if for any reason the assessing social worker thinks that you might be unsuitable to be a foster carer, the reasons for this will discussed with you, and your response will be listened to.
BECOME A CARER WITH TALAWA
5 Steps to Caring with Talawa