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Step 2: Meeting you at home

A member of the fostering team will visit you at home at a time convenient for you. A home visit will last about an hour and a half to two hours and will include a look around your home and garden. The home visit is about getting to know more about you and your family and assessing if you and your home are able to provide a safe and caring environment for a foster child.

It is also an opportunity for you to get to know more about fostering and Foster Portsmouth and what we can offer you should you decide to become a foster carer with us. As everyone in the household is involved in the decision to foster it is important to involve your children and wider family at an early stage.

The home visit is a good place to talk about how fostering might affect your own children and to answer any questions your children may have. The home visit will answer any questions and explore any concerns you have such as any health issues or previous contact with social services or the police. Together we will decide whether or not to continue with your enquiry to the next stage of the assessment process.

We will make sure that both you, and we, are happy to proceed.

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