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Fostering Assessments

The assessment process usually takes around three to four months, and involves a thorough look at your life. The Supervising Social Worker is highly skilled and experienced in undertaking these assessments and will support you every step of the way.

At the beginning, we will require your consent to undertake the following checks on you and your family:

  • Access NI
  • Local Heath & Social Care Trust check

We also pay for you to have a full medical check with your own GP, and if you have children who are in full time education, we will take up an education check with the relevant school/college.

We ask you to provide three referees (non family members) who can comment on your suitability to become a foster carer.

We will then invite you to attend our the three-day ‘Skills to Foster’ training course, which will give you the opportunity to learn more about the fostering process, meet an experienced foster carer and meet other local people who are also in the fostering assessment process.

A Supervising Social Worker will arrange to visit you and your family on a regular basis to enable them to collect all of the information for the assessment report. Once completed, this report is checked by our Quality Assurance department, prior to be presented to the Fostering Panel. You’re invited to attend the Panel, where a recommendation will be made.

Although this process sounds like a big commitment, most people who go through the assessment have told us they found the experience very satisfying.

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