Still want to become a foster carer?

Should you decide to proceed, the assessment process can be a lengthy and intense process for

you and your family.  The fostering assessment would usually take between 4 – 6 months to get to

Fostering Panel.  The process is detailed below:

Once we receive your enquiry, a member of the Fostering Team will contact
you to gather further information and to explain the criteria for applying. The
information pack is sent out

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A member of the Fostering Team will visit you and your family at home to discuss your
reasons for fostering. A report will be put together with recommendations for next steps.
If you pass this stage, you will be asked to complete and submit an application form

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Monmouthshire County Council will assign you a named, qualified Social Worker to carry
out a fostering assessment with you and your family. As part of this process, a number of
statutory checks will be carried out, including an enhanced DBS check and a full medical.

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During the assessment period, you will be required to attend a preparation training
course called Skills to Foster. This course is part of the assessment process and feedback
from the trainers will be reviewed as part of the assessment.

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Your fostering assessment and the outcome of all of your checks will be presented to
the Fostering Panel , which includes a combination of professional and independent
members. All applicants are required to attend and respond to questions. A
recommendation is made on the day by the Fostering Panel.

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The final decision is made by the agency decision maker, who is the Head of Children’s
Services, regarding your approval as a foster carer. Once approved, foster carers will be
allocated a supervising social worker and you are ready to accept your first placement.