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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.