Because we really get to know you and your family during the assessment process, we know your strengths and the type of children or young people who will be a good match for you. This helps local authorities choose you as the preferred foster carer for a young person.
Once you’ve been matched to a young person we’ll try to introduce you to them in advance if possible so you can get to know them. You’ll have prepared a welcome booklet for the young person, with pictures of you, your family and your home. This helps bring you and your family to life for them.
Your first foster child
Before you start to foster you’ll be made aware of the child or young person’s history and why they need foster care, together with any specific needs or requirements. But we’ll provide you with all the support and guidance you need. We are there for you every step of the way. You’ll be given the phone numbers of your support team. They’ll be there to help you all day, every day. You’re always welcome to just pop into our local office if you need anything at all!
Here at FCA Scotland we prefer to link our new foster carers with more experienced foster carers to offer some guidance and peer to peer support in the early stages of fostering.
Other steps on your journey to fostering
It’s important to us that you’re always kept well informed and the process is as stress-free and smooth as possible.
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 parent 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.
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.