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Assessment and Approval of Foster Carers

Overview

The foster carer assessment process consists of two information gathering stages: Stage 1 of the process gathers basic information about the applicant(s), and more detailed information is collected in Stage 2.

Audience

This course is intended for anyone involved in the adoption assessment process. This includes:

  • Prospective foster carers and their families
  • Members of the workforce who have particular responsibilities in relation to undertaking fostering assessments
  • Agency decision makers
  • Foster panel members

    About this course

    This course will help you understand the foster carer recruitment process from start to finish.

    The course contains additional resource materials, useful links and a refresher guide.

    Objectives

    This course will enable you to: 

  • Understand the foster carer assessment process from application to approval
  • Learn about the two-stage approval process
  • Know the timescales from first application to final approval
  • Know what information is gathered
  • Learn about the Stage 1 and Stage 2 Plans
  • Know what happens if a person is assessed as being unsuitable to foster
  • Understand the roles and functions of the fostering panel
  • Know where to go for advice and guidance