Your assessing social worker will visit you and your family at home a number of times over a few months to speak to you and collect information about you and your life. Your assessor will talk to you about your childhood and past relationships, work history, health, family and personal interests.
Your social worker will want to understand about your life experiences, attitudes, your family, your support network and your skills and abilities in looking after children in order to assess what you can offer a child in need of a foster home.
All of this information will be detailed in a report called a Form F and your social worker will make a recommendation about your suitability to foster and the age and number of children you could look after.
You will be asked to read and comment on the report. If you have already been a foster carer or have professional skills and experience in caring for other people's children we will aim to fast track your assessment by completing stage 1 and stage 2 concurrently.