At first the process of becoming a foster carer might seem complex and daunting, but at Kindercare Northern Ireland we support all prospective carers throughout.
Once you’ve first made contact a carer recruitment officer will get in touch and explain more about the fostering role with Kindercare Northern Ireland and assess your eligibility.
The next step will be an initial home visit from a social worker who will come to your home and discuss fostering with you in greater depth.
At this stage it will be important to see whether you have a spare room that is suitable to be used as a child’s bedroom so this is something that should be prepared in advance.
Following the visit, you will need to submit a formal application and then you will be visited over a period of weeks by a fostering assessor and there is a mandatory disclosure and barring check.
This might seem like a rigorous and lengthy process but it is designed to make sure that carers make informed decisions and won’t be overwhelmed by the challenges of fostering.
Above all, throughout the process you must be able to show that you can offer a secure, stable and supportive home to a young person facing difficulties in their life.
If you feel that you can offer an environment to a young person that reassures, nurtures and offers commitment and stability, then you probably have many of the attributes required of a foster carer.