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Steps to becoming a new TFCO foster carer
We will arrange a time with you to visit you at home and give you more information about fostering and answer any questions you and your family may have.
Send through your details to start your journey to become a foster carer.
We are required to conduct background checks for all Foster Carers including reference checks, medical checks and a safety check of your home. We also require a Working With Children Check and a Criminal Record Check.
You and your family (and people residing with you) will be part of an assessment process. We need to find out:
• Why you and your family are keen to be a foster family
• What your skills are
• Your coping and support mechanisms
• The type of support you will require
• The age and needs of the children that would suit your family and experiences
• Your ability to provide a supportive and caring environment for children
• Your ability to keep children safe from harm
You are encouraged to ask lots of questions about foster caring throughout the assessment. The assessment interviews will take place in your home and are conducted over several sessions. Children and other adults residing in your home will also be interviewed.
All adults in your home are required to participate in 2-5 days of foster carer training to give you a better understanding of the foster carer role and to equip you with some of the skills you will need to provide quality care.
Upon completion of the paperwork, checks, assessment and training, a thorough report is created and will contact you with the outcome.
Congratulations you are now a TFCO Foster Carer!