On average, becoming a foster carer takes three to six months. This is a general estimate of the time it takes – the length of time is based on the assessment process and how long it will take to become approved as a foster carer. So, what is included in the fostering process?
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Concurrent with the home visits, several checks will be conducted. These checks include Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Social Services, medical, and home risk assessment. During this period of time, you will be kept informed of the progress of your application by a fostering recruitment advisor. You will also attend foster care training sessions along with others who are undergoing the same assessment process. The DBS check takes about a month. The training sessions are arranged on a frequent basis and may be spread over a couple of months.
When all the checks are completed, they are given to an independent panel and this panel will also meet you before providing its recommendations to Capstone Foster Care. Capstone’s decision maker will make the final decision using the panel’s recommendation as a guide.
If you wish to begin the application process and you have a spare room and are in good health, contact Capstone Foster Care today. There is a great need for many different types of foster carers and thousands of children and young people who need foster placement. If you need any more information on how long it will take to become a foster carer, our helpful team are on hand to answer your queries.
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