How does the process work?
The process to becoming a foster carer is unique to each applicant.
However, all foster carer applicants share the journey outlined in the application and assessment process, which can take around 6 months (depending on the complexity of your personal circumstances and the speed of your approval by the HSE).
FFI will endeavour to make our role in the application process as efficient as possible for you, reducing the risk of extended delays in appointing our carers.
Please note: We will assess and appoint foster carers, who then require HSE approval before we can begin a placement.
The application process
The application and assessment process performs a dual function.
It gives you the accurate information you need on the requirements of becoming a foster carer, including what you can expect fostering to involve, and also gives you chance to consider how fostering will affect your life – as well as your family and friends' lives.
It also allows FFI the opportunity to gather all of the relevant and required information about you, including checks and references. The information gathered is then collated in what is known as 'Form F'.
- The results from the application and assessment process are presented to your local HSE fostering committee for ultimate approval to become a foster carer
- FFI also uses information gathered during the assessment process to ensure that children and young people in our care and our foster carers are matched for best fit
Supporting foster carer applicants throughout the process
FFI will fully support you throughout the process, and simply ask in return that you are as open and honest as possible and give answers that you believe in. Be yourself, raise any concerns as quickly as possible and always ask if there’s anything that you don’t understand or would like more information about.
Learn more about each stage of the process to becoming a foster carer by clicking on the links below:
Are you interested in becoming a foster carer? Start the process now by registering your interest.
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