The Process

What is involved in the process of becoming a Foster Carer?

1

Initial Enquiry

An initial no obligation conversation with one of our Social Workers. Establishing a few key points and establishing whether to move forward in the process.
2

Home Visit

A brief home visit by one of our Supervising Social Workers. There will be an introduction to Mulberry and Fostering and an opportunity for you to ask any questions.
3

Application

If both parties have agreed to move forward the next step is a detailed application form. It will include information on all close family, before being assessed by Mulberry.
4

Assessment

Once the application is accepted you will have an Assessor allocated. There will be 8 home visits to get a picture of your family life. All family members will be included at this stage.
5

Checks

Background checks are performed at this stage. This includes DBS and Local Authority checks. At this stage, your home will also be subject to a Heath and Safety assessment.
6

Training

The pre-approval training will give you the opportunity to talk to other applicants, existing carers and the trainers. We will also explain the post-approval training available.
7

Panel

Everyone hoping to become a Foster Carer will need to attend a meeting in front of an approval panel. They will look at a report of all the information presented and will make a recommendation to Mulberry Fostercare.
8

Approved Foster Carer

This is the final stage. Once the panel has made a recomendation to improve or not this will be passed to our agency decision maker who will make a final decision.

Working with birth families can be difficult but also really rewarding. I had two little boys for a short period and remember bumping into one mum after the boys had gone home. She said they still talked about me and it was such a good feeling to know they had enjoyed their time with me.

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