You’re now an approved foster carer and ready for a placement. What happens next?
Our placement teams will get to know you some more and will work with you to match you with your first placement.
The process for a placing a child with a foster family works as follows:
- A local authority will contact our placements team to discuss a child's needs and ask if we have any suitable carers available.
- The relevant information is then passed on to our social workers who will identify a suitable foster family, based on the child's requirements.
- A social worker will then contact foster carers to discuss the placement in detail. The carer can then agree to disagree to take on the placement – carers are never obligated to take on a child or young person if they feel they wouldn’t be a good match.
- If the carer accepts, their Form F document is sent back to the local authority to prove their suitability for the placement.
- If the local authority agrees that the foster family is a suitable match for the child or young person, a Capstone representative and the local authority will liaise to plan the next step.
- The child or young person being placed into care may initially visit their new foster home before moving in to start the placement. A social worker is on hand to provide support throughout this process.
The Support Continues
You’ll never be on your own. The team at Capstone Foster Care will always be with you once you’ve been approved as a foster carer.
You will be visited regularly and we’ll be on hand to provide help and guidance 24/7 365 days a year.
To find out more about becoming a foster carer, contact us today.