Our fostering journey - Step by step - Part One
Posted: Tuesday 21st April 2020
Have you ever wondered what the journey to become a foster carer really feels like?
In this blog, new foster carers share their fostering journey step-by-step from their first chat with the fostering team to caring for their first child.
Our journey to become foster carers
- Contacting the fostering team
- A visit to our home
- A real eye opener
- More paperwork
- We are going to panel
- We passed!
- That first phone call
- Our first foster child
- COVID 19
After seeing a Facebook post pop up on my news feed, I felt compelled to find out more about fostering for our local Council...
We are currently raising our little girl, our miracle IVF baby, and she is beautiful, thoughtful and inquisitive. After a long talk with my husband about fostering, we decided our little family could really benefit from looking after children and of course provide a stable, loving home for those in need.
Contacting the fostering team
I simply contacted the fostering team through social media, and before we knew it, we were attending an information evening. Based on previous experiences; we were advised that fostering younger than our eldest is important, so for us that means looking after children aged 0-4. Caring for this age group generally means I can’t work, which is an important factor to bear in mind because a fostering allowance is not going to pay the bills (but will obviously contribute towards them).
Our first visit
From that point on we knew fostering was for us, and a visit from a lovely social worker to our home was the next step. So far in our journey we’ve watched footage of foster carers ‘in action’, explaining some of the pitfalls and scenarios they’ve faced, and filled in plenty of paperwork which helps ensure we are the right people for the job so to speak.
A real eye-opener
The three-day training course was a real eye opener, it’s tough hearing about all the types of neglect little ones can face, especially as it’s so close to home – children living within our local area. We got to meet foster carers, potential carers and more social workers who all played an important role in helping us understand what we were letting ourselves in for! Both my husband and I attended the course which was tricky given we both work and have a three-year-old, but juggling is part and parcel of being a good parent in our eyes.
Again, more paperwork, a health check from our GP and being assigned our own social worker (Hazel) took us a little closer towards the final assessment. Hazel will be with us for the duration of our fostering career now, she’s our confidante to help guide us through things like deciding what type of foster carers we want to be. Hazel will be visiting us weekly for a few months, and when she thinks we are ready, we’ll be gong in front of a panel of assessors.