Step 1 – Initial enquiry
Contact us by using the online enquiry form or by phoning or emailing our office. One of our team at New Chapters Fostercare will be able to answer any questions you might have. You may also want to speak to one of our experienced foster carers at this stage.
Step 2 – Home visit
One of our supervising social workers will come to your home at a time to suit you and your family. We can explore in more detail why you’d like to become a foster carer and also the skills and personal qualities you can bring to the role.
At this time we will ask you to complete an application form.
Step 3 – Assessment
We will arrange for an Independent Social Worker to meet with you regularly over a number of weeks. The assessment process usually takes between eight to ten visits to complete and the Independent Social Worker will gather a full understanding of your attitudes and abilities, your previous and current experiences, relationships and how you cope with difficult situations.
A critical element of the assessment process is determining how well you and your family will be able to adapt to and manage the impact of fostering.
We also carry out standard, mandatory checks, as outlined within the regulations.
To help you prepare to become a foster carer you will attend a pre-approval training course, which will provide you with basic skills and information. This is also an opportunity to meet other people who are also going through the fostering process.
Step 4 – Approval
Our fostering panel consists of experienced people, from a range of professions that work, or have worked, with vulnerable children. Your assessment report will be passed on to them for consideration. Together with your assessing social worker you will be invited to attend the fostering panel.
The fostering panel will make a recommendation to New Chapters Fostercare about whether they think you are suitable to become a foster carer.
Step 5 – Placement
Once approved, a supervising social worker will be appointed to support and guide you through the fostering placement process. Our aim will be to find a fostering placement that is a right match for you and your family.