How to Foster with Fusion Fostering
Thinking about fostering and looking for an independent fostering agency (IFA) to join? It’s easy to join the Fusion Family!
If you’re new to foster care, you must be assessed to ensure you are suitable for the role. You need to be over 21, have a spare bedroom in your home, and have enough time in your life to foster, then you may be the perfect candidate for the role!
Here’s our easy 5 step guide for how to foster!
Step 1: Contact Us
To begin the process, simply get in touch with our team of friendly fostering advisors here at Fusion. All it takes is a phone call, email, or contact form submission to begin your journey. You can even use our live chat service to speak to a member of our team straight away!
Contacting us to ask about fostering is obligation-free; we can provide you with all the information you need to make your choice and support you in your decision if you choose to go ahead with the process.
Step 2: Home Visit
If you decide to proceed with your application, a social worker from Fusion will come and visit you in your home. This is so that we can get more of an idea about who you are and why you would like to foster and so that you can ask us any questions you may have too!
We will also provide you with an enquiry pack and the relevant forms you will need for your application. During this time, we’ll speak to you about the different types of fostering, your expectations of the role, and the kind of carers we’re currently looking for.
Step 3: Fostering Assessment
Commonly called the Form F assessment, this is the part of the process where we assess your suitability to foster. A social worker from Fusion will visit your home over a period of a few months and collect information about your life, background, home setting, and any other relevant information. During this process you are able to walk away if you don’t feel that fostering is right for you.
We will also carry out statutory checks such as a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS), medicals, and gather other supporting documentation from referees. A member of our social care team will be on hand to support you throughout the entire process and the assessment is always carried out with sensitivity and respect.
Step 4: Training
The Skills to Foster training course is compulsory for all new carers and ensures you have a good background knowledge of foster care as well as the right skills you need for the role. This course is supplemented by further training and development opportunities throughout your career with us at Fusion.
Step 5: Fostering Panel
This is the final step in the application process. Your Form F report will be presented to the Fusion Fostering Panel. The role of the panel is to make a recommendation on your suitability to be a foster carer based on the evidence provided in the report. It will be an opportunity for panel members to ask you a few questions about your application and for you to raise any worries or concerns with the team.
The final decision is then passed on to the Agency Decision Maker (ADM) who will make the decision based on the panel minutes and all information presented regarding you becoming an approved foster carer with Fusion.
Voila! If the Agency Decision Maker agrees with Panel recommendation, you will become approved foster carer with Fusion. At this point, social workers will work with you to match your skills against referrals coming through.
The entire process takes usually between 4 – 6 month, but remember, you are never alone. Once you have taken the first step and contacted us, we will guide you through the rest of the process, offering guidance, advice, and support the entire time.
If you would like to join our family, please take the first step and contact us. You can give us a call on 03301 239 355, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out our contact form here.
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