My role is to help you better understand fostering
Steve White is a senior supervising social worker with Perpetual Fostering. He is leading the agency’s current drive to recruit new foster carers. Here he explains how he helps potential foster carers gain a better understand of fostering and the application process.
I thoroughly enjoy my role as I regularly meet lots of people passionate about fostering.
If you contact our team with an interest in fostering, you will first have an initial chat with our team over the phone. And if you then want to know more, we will visit you in person at your home.
That’s when I come into the picture.
This is a great opportunity for me to get to know you a little better and explore whether fostering is right for you.
When I visit potential carers they often tell me that it’s great to hear a friendly voice over the phone. But chatting face to face is better – especially when it’s in the comfort of your own home.
By the end of my visit, hopefully, I will have answered all of your questions and explained what becoming a foster carer involves. We will have also discussed the different types of placement available and what the next steps will be.
During the initial meeting I’m often asked similar questions:
Why should I choose Perpetual Fostering?
How long does it take to become a foster carer?
What does the initial training involve?
What checks are undertaken?
What if I have criminal convictions in my past?
Can children share bedrooms?
Can I work and be a foster carer?
What is the fostering allowance?
Will I be taxed on the fostering allowances?
What is an independent foster care agency?
You can actually find answers to these questions across our website. But if you have any other questions, or you just want to talk to someone face to face, then I’d be happy to meet you and discuss fostering further. Just contact our team and we can arrange a good time to visit you.
During this visit I will write up a report based on the information you share. This will be used to determine what the next steps should be. All being well, you will be invited to apply.
This will mean completing an application form and giving your consent for statutory checks and references to be obtained. We will then progress to the fostering assessment stage and you are on the road to becoming a foster carer.