How to become a foster parent
Are you thinking of becoming a foster parent but wondering how? The process to becoming a foster parent is unique to each applicant. However, the process of how to become a foster parent with Key Assets Fostering is outlined in the application and assessment process below. This process can take approximately 3 – 4 months.
The application and assessment process to become a foster parent
1. Register your interest to becoming a foster parent
You can visit our contact us page, where you can call your local office or inquire online.
2. Request information
Key Assets Fostering requests basic information about you before sending you our information pack: ‘Fostering Matters’.
3. Advice visit
One of our fostering advisors will visit your home to discuss fostering with you in greater depth. The fostering advisor will put together an initial report based on your discussions, which will recommend whether or not we proceed with the application form.
4. Complete the application form
Through completing this application form, you are supplying detailed information about you and your family and giving your consent for us to complete the necessary checks and enquiries to determine your suitability to foster.
5. Checks and references
Key Assets Fostering obtains the following references and checks on all applicants:
- Vulnerable Sector Police Screening on all adult members of the household (includes information about any criminal convictions or cautions).
- Enquiries to the Child Welfare providers in jurisdictions you have resided in to enquire as to whether you have ever been reported to or received services from Child Protection.
- A medical examination (by your General Practitioner) with the report made available to Key Assets Fostering’s Medical Adviser for their comments about your health.
- Identification of three references for a single carer and five for a couple who will provide written references and be interviewed as part of the assessment process. References can be gathered from family, friends, neighbours and colleagues.
- References can be requested from current and previous employers and will be required if employment has been with vulnerable individuals.
- A standard safety compliance check will need to be carried out on your home.
- Inquiries to other agencies as necessary.
6. Assessment process to become a foster parent
- A qualified Assessor carries out a full assessment. He/she visits your home, generally on 6 occasions, to meet and collect information about all members of your household and your experience and skills in relation to fostering. The information obtained forms the basis of an assessment report. Key Assets Fostering uses the Fostering First International Carer Assessment.
- A training course, based on the Fostering Network’s ‘Skills to Foster’ model, is provided to cover the responsibilities of being a foster parent and working with Key Assets Fostering. All prospective foster parents must attend this training.
- During the assessment process, applicants will be helped to compile a portfolio of written material giving examples of their relevant experience and skills.
For more information about how to become a foster parent, contact your local office today.