Become a foster carer – have you got room in your home and heart?

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Become a foster carer and open your heart and home to people who need it the most. As the festive period approaches and many families are preparing for celebrations together, there are many children in the UK, in Nottingham, throughout the Midlands that are in need of foster care. If you know people who are already foster carers or whether the idea is new to you, there are facts that are important to be aware of.

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It is important to note that if you were to become a foster carer, there is a high chance that it can be a full-time career, or at least take up a lot of your time. Naturally, you will have to invest a lot of time into this. There are fostering regulations that are set by the government and this determines factors like how much allowance you get as a foster carer on a weekly basis. This is up until your foster children turn 18 in age.

 

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Who can foster?

The first step is to be able to provide a warm, loving and safe home for any foster children. It is more than just putting a roof over foster children’s heads. The main thing when you become a foster carer is that the needs of children and young people from various troubled backgrounds are taken care of. There is a certain criteria you have to meet initially but after that, it doesn’t matter what background you come from, what your relationship status is, whether you’re gay or straight – all that matters is that you’re dedicated to changing children’s lives.

You need to:

  • Be over 21 years old
  • Have a spare room that is big enough for a child or young adult to live in
  • Have no offences against children
  • Have the time and availability to dedicate to fostering
  • Be committed to on-going training and development
  • Have a resilient yet caring personality and a sense of humour!

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Training to become a foster carer

If you’re new to fostering or have never really considered fostering before, it can seem like a pretty daunting thing to do. Full training, support and development is always available for new and existing foster carers. This consists of several courses that help you to be able to care for your foster children. Training is mandatory to maintain your approval as a foster carer.

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Process of becoming a Foster Carer with Fostering Dimensions

Overall, it will likely take between 4-6 months for the full application process to start and finish and in this time, a two day foster carer skills course has to be taken and passed. The process is as follows:

  • Initial enquiry
  • Home visit
  • Stage one – Suitability checks
  • Stage 2 – Your fostering assessment will begin
  • Panel – All evidence will go before a fostering panel for approval

Becoming and being a foster carer is very rewarding – but it will also bring challenges. We, at Fostering Dimensions, both internally and externally are here to support you, your family and your foster children.

If you would like more details about becoming a foster carer, get in touch today.