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The fostering process

At Key Assets, we’re committed to offering you support and guidance exactly when you need it, from your first point of contact and throughout your fostering journey. Every journey will be different, as it depends on your personal circumstances.

During the approval process, you will receive all the information you need, know exactly what to expect and understand what fostering means for your family. We’ll also get to know you and your family and consider the best type of placement for you. This ensures that we can offer you the training and support you need to succeed in your role.

1. Inquiry

We will talk to you about fostering, answer any questions and help you to think about whether it might be right for you.

2. Home visit

A fostering advisor will visit your home to answer any questions and explain how Key Assets will work with and support you in your fostering journey. If we’re both in agreement we’ll send you an application form. Our staff will be on hand to help you complete this form.

3. Preparation training

You will need to attend our journey to foster preparation course. This will give you a full understanding of the fostering role and get you thinking about how you would react to some of the situations you may find yourself in as a foster carer.

4. Fostering assessment

One of our independent assessors will contact you to arrange to start your fostering assessment. They will visit your home generally 6-8 times to get to know you, your family and any skills and experience you have that will help you with fostering. This information will be put together in a report.

5. Fostering panel

After your fostering assessment and all the relevant checks and references are completed, we’ll present your information to a Fostering Panel. They will make a recommendation to the Key Assets Provincial Director. The Director will make the final decision about your approval as a foster carer.

6. Fostering with Key Assets

After you’re approved, we’ll begin to match a child to both your experience and skills. We understand that at this point your journey is really just beginning and we’ll be there every step of the way throughout your fostering career.

What references and checks will you do?

As part of the application process, we’ll carry out a number of references and checks. These include:

  • Vulnerable Sector Police Screenings
  • Children’s Aid Society checks (including all child protection records)
  • Equivalent checks from any other country you have lived in for a significant time as an adult
  • Ex-partner checks (with your permission)
  • A medical report from your doctor
  • Written references from at least 3 personal referees if you are a single applicant and 5 personal referees if you are fostering as a couple.
  • Educational references for any children in the home
  • Evidence of citizenship
  • References from current and previous employers or foster care agencies
  • A full safety check on your home including pets

You may feel a little overwhelmed by the idea of all of this and that’s completely normal.  We will talk you through any questions you may have and explain why we’re doing what we’re doing every step of the way.  It’s not a test or a pass or fail so don’t be anxious.  Just as every foster child is unique, so are our carers and we need to know you inside out in order to know which child would be best suited to stay with your family. All we are looking for is honesty, commitment and motivation to make it right for children in need.

How long does the process take?

Depending on your circumstances, the journey to foster process can take between four and six months.

Although this may sound like a long time, it’s crucial that you’re given all the information you need, know exactly what to expect and understand what fostering means for your family.

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