Becoming a foster carer doesn’t happen overnight. When you choose fostering with us, we’ll be here to help you through every step of the way.
The magic number for your assessment is 6: it takes 6 months for you to complete 6 steps to becoming a foster carer. It may feel like a long time but is important that you have a full understanding of what’s involved. Your assessment will help us do to do this while teaching you about the demands and the rewards of fostering.
Now you’ve had chance to take on board some information about fostering and what’s involved we’re sure you’ll have more questions. A member of the fostering team will visit you at your home for an in-depth chat. This will give you the opportunity to explore the options available to find out if it’s right for you and your family.
At the same time as your assessment you will attend a three day preparation training course. This will give you an understanding of fostering in Sefton. The Skills to Foster preparation group helps you to understand why children come into care, as well as your role and responsibilities as a foster carer. During the group you’ll have a chance to meet some approved foster carers to hear first hand what it’s really like. This training is key to your fostering assessment.
Once you’re approved, you’ll receive information about training opportunities and meet your supervising social worker. Your social worker will work with you to find a suitable match and support you in your role as a foster carer.
Watch Sinead and Leanne’s video below to find out more.