What is involved in the fostering assessment?
Once we have accepted your application form we undertake a fostering assessment which helps us identify your skills, experiences and qualities, collating information about you such as; your home, childhood, your family, children, current and previous relationships and your health. This information will be put together in a report called a Form F.
There are a number of stages within the fostering assessment and these are:
Social work visits
Personal and professional references
The Form F report is presented to an independent fostering panel who will make a recommendation on whether you are suitable to foster. The process takes between four to six months, however, timescales can very much vary and do depend on your personal circumstances and availability.
During the fostering assessment process all of our foster carers complete pre-approval training during that explores:
Next Steps on their journey to become a foster carer
What it is like to be a child or young person in foster care
Knowledge and skills required to prepare them to be foster carers
References and checks
The application process involves a number of references and checks, including:
A Disclosure Scotland check for anyone in the fostering household aged 16 years and over
A medical report from your GP
Written references from at least three personal referees and ex-partner checks
Educational references for any children in your home
Previous employer or foster care agency references
Local authority checks
Home safety checks, including any pet assessments
The next steps
Once the Form F report is complete, your social worker will help you prepare for the fostering panel. This is a group of independent fostering professionals who will consider your assessment and make a recommendation regarding your approval as a foster carer. Once you are approved to be a foster carer your fostering journey will begin.
If you have any questions about the application process, or you are interested in becoming a foster carer, just call us on 0141 646 4805, we’re always ready to help! You can also complete our short enquiry form and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
Other steps on your journey to fostering
Checks and references
During your fostering application process, we carry out a number of crucial and essential checks and references.
We want to help you become the best foster carer you can be, which is why we offer quality pre-approval training.
Before you join our FCA Scotland family, you’ll need to be approved by our fostering panel first.
Your first foster child
Here at FCA Scotland we know that once you’re an approved foster carer you’ll want to start fostering as soon as possible!
Matching and referrals
Matching is a critical part of the fostering process as it defines the success of the placement.
Speak to our team
Whether you’re ready to start your journey or just want to chat to an expert, we're here to talk.