What to expect when you’re applying to foster

When prospective carers are deciding whether or not fostering is right for them, at Kindercare Fostering we are aware that understanding of the application process is very important.

Fostering is both the offer of a long term commitment to a child and it is also the offer of a secure, stable and nurturing home environment.

This means it is important that foster carers who are suited to the role are selected and supported to face the many challenges that fostering will inevitably present them with.

The Kindercare Fostering’s selection procedure is therefore very thorough, but seeks to be as inclusive as possible, making sure that people with a wide range of circumstances are considered.

During the application process you will have to complete a disclosure and baring service background check, and whilst a previous criminal conviction does not automatically prevent someone from foster caring it is important for all prospective carers to be honest and open.

Before there is any need for background checks, however, trained fostering workers from Kindercare UK will carry out a home visit to get to know you.

Often, our social workers and fostering assessors can find out as much about your suitability to foster by having a chat and helping you to explore your own feelings and motivations in fostering.

Kindercare Fostering’s selection process is designed to support prospective carers all the way through to their first foster placement; ensuring first time foster carers get the best fostering match possible helps the carers and the placement.

It is important not to feel overwhelmed or intimidated by the selection process, our assessors know that it can seem like a major undertaking and are understanding your concerns and questions.

Instead, view it as a first opportunity to learn more about fostering and your role as a prospective foster carer.

If you would like to have an informal chat with one of Kindercare UK’s specialist advisors, simply contact us on 0808 284 9554

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Change a child's life today. Call 0808 284 9554 (freephone) or email enquiries@kindercare.co.uk.

At Kindercare Fostering we pride ourselves on offering a support and high quality service to all of our foster carers including regular on-going training, a committed and dedicated supervising social worker, and 24-hour a day support to all of our foster carers.

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