Becoming a Foster Carer

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At least one carer needs to be available on a full-time basis.

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Have the ability to embrace and support children from diverse religious, cultural and racial backgrounds

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Be able to understand a child’s individual development

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To be available and flexible to meet a child or young person’s individual needs

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Be able to work as a member of a team

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You need to have a room available for the sole use of a child in placement

Common Questions

Carers come from different backgrounds. Some experience of caring for children is required. You need to be committed and flexible to accommodate children’s needs. To be a foster carer for Liberty, you do need:

  • To be available and flexible to meet a child or young person’s individual needs
  • Be able to work as a member of a team
  • Have the ability to embrace and support children from diverse religious, cultural and racial backgrounds
  • Be able to understand a child’s individual development
  • At least one carer is needed to be available on a full time basis, and
  • You need to have a room available for the sole use of a child in placement.

The whole process, from when you first contact us, to when you are approved to foster a child, usually takes about four to six months.

If you are concerned about a criminal conviction then please do note that you may be able to apply as it depends on the nature of the criminal offence. You are required to discuss the offence with a social worker and get some advice before you make an application to foster.

If you are interested in fostering then please complete the contact details form giving us brief details about yourself. You may want to call us to ask for a fostering information pack or speak with a member of the team to discuss whether fostering might suit you.

This is the first stage of the assessment process and gives you the opportunity to talk to us about what is involved. It also gives us a chance to find out more about what you can offer a child or young person.  If we both agree that fostering is a possibility for you and your family then we will arrange to visit you in your home.

A social worker will visit your home to decide whether it is suitable for fostering a child. The visit will also give you and your family the opportunity to discuss why you want to be a foster carer. You may want to highlight any experiences you have had that may make you a suitable foster carer. We will also ask about your family and their feelings about fostering.

The social worker will discuss your application with the team manager for Liberty foster care and then decide with you whether it would be right for you to be formally assessed as a foster carer.

The careful assessment of families interested in offering fostering placements for children in foster care is a task critical to promoting the safety & well being of children in foster care. Liberty Foster Care considers prospective foster carer’s assessment process to be one of great importance.

It is vital to ensure that the assessments are comprehensive and only those who are considered suitable to provide children with the care and protection they need should be approved after a thorough deliberation.

It is vital to ensure that the assessments are comprehensive and only those who are considered suitable to provide children with the care and protection they need should be approved after a thorough deliberation.

Being a single parent is no barrier to becoming a foster carer. As equal opportunities employer, we fully welcome carers from all walks of life. Everybody's situation is different and we would discuss with you any potential challenges that any carer, from a variety of backgrounds, may be faced with.

As equal opportunities employer, we fully welcome carers from all walks of life. Everybody's situation is different and we would discuss with you any potential challenges that any carer, from a variety of backgrounds, may be faced with.

Fostering can be demanding, both physically and emotionally. If you are concerned about your health then please do discuss this with us when you contact us. We will be able to assess what impact (if any) this may have and advise you accordingly.

We reward our carers with generous fostering allowances so that both carers and the children can maintain a good standard of living and quality lifestyle. This combined with the special tax arrangements for foster carers enables you to make fostering your first choice in career.

As a foster carer, you are self-employed and your exact earnings depend on the number and type of placements that you are able to undertake. Full support and training are provided and encouraged.

The Assessment

Applicants interested in becoming a foster carer are screened to check if their circumstances i.e., health, criminal record, accommodation, experience of caring for children meets our criteria. Following a successful basic check we meet the prospective applicant in their home and they are supported to complete an application form. During this visit, detailed discussions take place about the benefits and implications that being a foster carer can have. If there are reasons why the applicant circumstances are not appropriate they will be advised and if they agree their application will be terminated.

If the applicant continues to be interested, they are asked to complete part 2 of the application form and this includes consent forms to enable checks to be made and they are invited to attend the next Skills to Foster course if they can offer a possible fostering household.

If the application is successful at Stage 1 the second part of the assessment continues. Any persons applying who Liberty Foster Care does not wish to take through to Stage 2 is informed of this decision in writing by the Agency Decision Maker. BAAF Form `F’ competencies based assessments are completed on each applicant and these are evidence based. We look to complete the comprehensive assessments within four to six months period.Liberty Foster Care’s independent Fostering Panel then considers the completed Form F assessment.

On approval, foster carers are allocated a Supervising Social Worker (SSW). Foster carers are given a Fostering handbook and they are required to sign a foster carer agreement after approval.

Every proposed placement with the foster carer will be fully risk assessed and discussed in detail with the foster carer. We will always share information available on the needs of every child proposed to be placed in your household. The final decision on whether a placement is made in your home rests with you.

With the professional standards, training, qualifications and support to ensure that carers are able to provide the very best in foster care, fostering today has increasingly become a career choice.

We reward our carers with generous fostering allowances so that both carers and the children can maintain a good standard of living and quality lifestyle. This combined with the special tax arrangements for foster carers enables you to make fostering your first choice in career.

If you have real passion for helping children and young people in succeeding in their lives then foster caring provides real job satisfaction and the financial capability to view it as a real career choice. With plenty of meetings and responsibilities along with the challenges of caring there is never a dull moment.

Do contact us!

If you would like to know more about fostering, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us on 01428 624550 or 01722 273135 or complete the form below.

We will get in touch to discuss your enquiry and to arrange an initial visit if you wish to proceed.

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