Your first point of contact will be speaking with our Carer Recruitment Officer who will be there to answer any questions you may have about the fostering process.
Based on your responses to the questions we will discuss moving forward to an Initial Visit. At this point we will send you out an application pack. An initial visit is when a supervising social worker comes to meet you (and your family) in your home. During the initial visit the supervising social worker will have a number of questions to ask you and they will also ask to look around your house (including in the bedroom(s) that you have available for fostering). This is also a great opportunity for you and your family to ask any other questions that you may have about fostering and the fostering process.
If the outcome of the initial visit is positive you will start your fostering assessment which will take 3-6 months. Before the assessment can start we will need you to return your completed application form to us. The fostering assessment can be appear lengthy and is a detailed process however this is necessary for the safety of the child or young person that you may foster as well as for the safety of you and your family. The reward that you will get from fostering will make the process worthwhile. This may sound like a big commitment, but most people, who have experienced an assessment, have told us that they found the experience to be far less daunting than they originally expected.
During your assessment you will need to attend a 3 day skills to foster training course. We will provide you will details of this at the beginning of your assessment. This course will give you the opportunity to learn more about the fostering process; meet an experienced foster carer and meet local people who are also in the fostering assessment process.
Once your assessor has completed this report it is checked by the Quality Assurance Department, prior to being presented to the Fostering Panel. You are invited to attend the Panel, where a recommendation will be made to approve you as a foster carer.
Once approved as a foster carer with Kindercare Fostering your details will be provided to local authorities where a potential match with your family will be considered.