how it works

the process

the process

So, you’re considering becoming a foster parent? Well, before you pick up that phone or send that first email, it is important to know what to expect and how the application process works.

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the first step

Get in contact with us.

The first is the easiest step, but also the most important. It marks the beginning of your fostering journey, and that’s something to be excited about.

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the home visit

Once you’ve shared your interest in fostering in Ceredigion, we’ll be in touch to arrange a home visit – or perhaps a video call. We’ll provide lots of information on fostering and help you know what to expect.

We’ll ask you a few questions, and you’ll have the opportunity to ask anything on your mind too. At this stage, it will be an informal chat so we can get to know you better. We want to chat about you, your family, your home and your motivations,
because it’s how we start to build up our relationship. We’ll also be on hand to provide any information you need.

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the training

The first stage of your training and development is all about giving you an introduction to fostering, and that’s why we call it “Preparation to Foster”. It teaches you about the important aspects of fostering and helps you know what to expect. It’s also a chance to meet other new foster carers at the same stage of their journey.
Taking place over a few days, or evenings, it’s a nicely informal introduction to everything you can look forward to.

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the assessment

The next step is the assessment stage.

Despite the name, this is not a test, but an opportunity for us to explore how your family works. It’s also a chance for you to ask further questions, and for us to get a better understanding of the strengths and vulnerabilities of your family unit.

From here on, you will meet with one of our skilled and friendly social workers who will help you prepare for the rewards and challenges to come.

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the panel

Once we have learnt all about you, and all your questions have been answered, the assessment draws to an end and a panel will come together. This group of social care workers and independent people will consider all the gathered information and make some recommendations.

The panel will suggest how best to proceed with each individual potential foster parent. They will make a recommendation on your approval according to the information gathered in your assessment, and advise on the type of placement or child that may suit your family best.

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the foster care agreement

Once the fostering panel has made their recommendations, a foster care agreement will be sent through. This will outline what it means to be a foster carer, the responsibilities and rewards that come with the position, as well as the support, training and guidance available from us as your network.

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ready to take the first step?

get in touch

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