Can I choose how long a child will stay with me?
You will always have the ultimate decision on whether to accept a placement. However, as the duration of placements can often be unclear a flexible approach may be required. We talk through the different types of placements with foster carers during the assessment period to help you make informed decisions in this regards.
Can I choose the age or gender of a child placed with me?
You can choose the age and gender of a placement. However, you are far more likely to have continuous placements if you are willing to take teenagers as well as younger children.
How much will I know about the child before they are placed with me?
We discuss every placement with our carers before any decision is taken. We will provide you with as much information about the child and their background as possible, including any difficult behaviour and how to manage it. If a placement is made in an emergency it can be difficult to provide a lot of information. However, we always try to obtain as much background information as we can.
How long will I have to wait for a placement after being approved to foster?
Once your assessment is completed and you are approved, you can begin taking placements immediately. All placements are made following a careful matching process, based on information obtained during your assessment. The more flexible you are, the easier it will be to place children with you.