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Becoming a foster carer - what next?

Find out what happens when you decide you'd like to become a foster carer.

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Your first contact with us will be via phone, the internet or at an open event.

Whichever way you contact Foster Swansea, a recruitment officer will be available to answer your enquiry straight away or to get back to you on the same day. We will need to ask you some questions at this first contact to ensure that fostering is right for you.

Home visit

A recruitment officer will make an appointment with you to come and visit you at home and meet anyone else that you live with.  This is a good opportunity for you to ask any questions or discuss any issues that you may have.  If you are happy to proceed we will complete an application form with you and also invite you to our next open event.

(A great opportunity to meet other Foster Swansea carers and ask them what life is really like!!)

Training

All our prospective foster carers are asked to complete an important initial training course called the "Preparation to Foster Training".  At this point you will also begin to meet other new carers going through the same process as you.

Assessment

A recruitment officer will be allocated to you to complete an assessment of your ability to become a foster carer.  Everyone in your home is included in this assessment - even your pets!

It's important to be prepared for your new role as a foster carer, and during the assessment process you will be asked to think about any ways you and your family may have to change or adapt to make sure you are ready for the rewarding job ahead of you.

Panel

When your assessment has been completed it will be presented to the Fostering Panel.  The Fostering Panel is a group of representatives from, Social Services, Health, Education and an experienced foster carer.  They will read your assessment prior to meeting you when you come to Panel.  Your recruitment officer will be with you on panel day and introduce you to the Fostering Panel.

This is an important day, when all your hard work and the new skills you have learnt can finally be put into practice as you are approved as a foster carer.

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