how it works
So, you’re considering becoming a foster parent? Well, before you take that all important first step, it is important to know what to expect.
the first step
The first step is simple. You just need to get in contact with us and share your interest. It may feel like a baby step, but it is one of the most important ones.
the home visit
Once you’ve got in touch, we’ll start the process of getting to know you and providing more information on what is involved.
At first, there will be some paperwork to fill out, then we’ll arrange to meet you either in person or via video chat.
This initial phase is quite informal and is a chance for us to get to know each other, and for us to learn where you call home.
We quickly start helping you build up the skills and knowledge to be a foster carer with an initial training course. This is called “Preparation to Foster”, or sometimes, “Skills to Foster”. It usually takes place over a few days, and is designed to give you an introduction to your new role.
During this training you’ll also have the chance to meet fellow foster carers, and start building up relationships with them and the Foster Wales Monmouthshire team.
Following this comes an assessment stage. It is not a test, but an opportunity for us to explore how your family works, for you to ask questions, and to generally understand the strengths and vulnerabilities of your family unit.
You will meet with one of our skilled and friendly social workers who will help you prepare for the rewards and challenges to come.
After the assessment, a panel of social care workers and independent members will consider all the information gathered and make some recommendations.
The panel will not say yay or nay, but rather look at each potential foster carer as an individual and suggest how to proceed. For example, the type of placement that might suit best.
the foster care agreement
Once the fostering panel have approved your assessment, a foster care agreement will be drawn up. This will set out what it means to be a foster carer, outlining responsibilities, rewards and the support, training and guidance available.