At Brighter Futures we want you to be part of our family that makes a difference to children and young people
Become a Foster Parent
Will I be able to become a foster parent
We are looking for foster parents who genuinely want to make a difference to the lives of young people. People who can provide loving homes. It does not matter whether you are a single carer or in a relationship with someone of either gender (although we do ask you have lived together for 2 years ).
We look for diversity in our carers and are very careful with our ‘matching’ processes. Its very important that we place young people in your families who are going to supported and encouraged to achieve their potential. You need to be able to provide a nurturing home and to have clear boundaries but you won’t be alone and we will provide training for you on all aspects of fostering.
If you have brought up your own children and have experience of working with children that is very helpful but it is not essential. We are looking for people with resilience who can work as part of a team. A good sense of humour helps as well. Your home needs to be welcoming and you need to have a spare bedroom.
How to become a foster parent
Once you contact us we will call you and during the brief phone call will just get an overview of your circumstances and answer any questions you might have. If we both decide to proceed we will then arrange to come and see you and find out a more about you and look at your home.
Following that we will undertake various checks and references. You will need to complete safeguarding and first aid training and a 3 day skills to foster course followed by a pre induction half day. A social worker will come and complete a form f report which will outline your life history and their recommendations for what children you should foster.
After this , which takes about 4-6 months your social worker will present your report to panel. Panel is an independent body of professional from a variety of backgrounds who will ask you relevant questions about your application. Panel make your recommendation, the Agency Decision Maker will then review the paperwork and make their decision. Once you are approved we will call you with information about children and young people who need homes.
You are the foster parent, but together we are the professional team around the child you are looking after.
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