Contact the fostering service by phone or by email An Information Pack is available by post or website.
A Caritas social worker will visit you at home discuss fostering in more depth.
You will be invited to preparation training with other potential foster carers
If you decide to proceed with an application ,the home assessment is a two stage process which will begin with your allocated social worker, consisting of:
Approximately 8 home visits where discussions about parenting, family, relationships etc will take place.
Taking up of Local Authority, Probation, Health, Education checks and an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)check.
A Health and Safety check.
Medical(s) carried out by your GP
Interviews with three personal referees (2 friends and 1 family member)
Employment reference (if applicable).
Identity checks -marriage/divorce certificate, national insurance no, bank statements etc.
Contact with ex partners if there are children from the relationship.
Recommendation of approval and number/ages of children.
The completed Form F is shared with you before being presented to the Fostering Panel (a group of people who have a wide range of both professional and personal experience of fostering) for formal approval.
You will be invited to attend the Panel so that your fostering application can be discussed and the opportunity given to allow you to ask any further questions you may have about fostering.
Caritas adheres to the government stipulation regarding timescales which requires that assessments are complete in 6 months. This timescale ensures that applicants have sufficient time to consider all aspects of fostering and that Caritas are able to provide comprehensive training, identify the strengths and qualities in potential foster carers and enable good matches to be made in future between children and foster carers.