Who can foster

Foster carers come from all kinds of ethnic, religious, cultural and language backgrounds and as long as you’re over 21 years old:

  • you can be single, living with a partner, or married
  • you may have children or step-children or you may have no children at all
  • you may be a tenant or a home-owner
  • you may live in a flat or a house
  • you may or may not be in paid employment

The Fostering Process

After your initial enquiry is made we will send you an information pack.

Attend Local information Session(s) to gain further details/ information /ask questions etc

A home visit is made by Quarriers Social Worker

Attend preparation group

The preparation groups consist of a number of sessions that examine various aspects of looking after children. The groups are usually made up of a small number of applicants and are facilitated by social workers and experienced foster carers.

Fill in application form; we would then request the relevant assessment checks be carried out and then send off for your personal and employer references

The home study

You are allocated a social worker to undertake a comprehensive assessment of your strengths, current skills and training needs, areas for improvement and family circumstances.
The home study usually takes eight to ten visits and a number of exercises are undertaken during this stage to help us gather evidence of skills and abilities.

The fostering panel

Your allocated social worker writes a final report incorporating all the information gathered from the assessment and preparation process.  This report is shared with you, signed and passed on to the members of the Fostering Panel which is made up of a small group of people who are experienced in working with children who are looked after. You and your social worker attend the Panel and a discussion is held on your suitability to look after children based on the evidence presented within the report.

The Panel then recommends whether or not you should be approved to look after children and if so the age range, gender, number and kind of fostering.

Match with child/young person

Once the matching process is complete, the supervising social worker has an ongoing role to support you with the child young person in placement.  The supervising social worker will provide you and your family with regular supervision, which includes offering practical and emotional support and keeping in regular contact with you by phone, email and visits to your home. The supervising social worker will also help you identify training and support needs on an ongoing basis.