the process

the process

You’re here, and that means you’re ready to start your journey – but how long does the fostering process take in Rhondda Cynon Taf exactly? And once you contact us, what can you expect?

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the first step

Step one on your journey to fostering with us is simple: it starts with your initial enquiry. By picking up the phone or filling out the contact form below, you’re putting everything in motion.

It might only feel like a tiny step – hardly worth shouting about. But believe it or not, it’s the most important one.

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the home visit

After your initial enquiry we start the process of getting to know you and everything that matters to you. We’ll come and visit you at home if we can. Otherwise, we’ll start with an informal video chat.

Building up a relationship with you and your family is important, and this is where it starts. We work to understand what and who is important in your life, where you call home, and how you see yourself as a foster carer.

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The first stage of your training and development teaches you more about fostering, so you can be certain it’s the right path for you. It’s also a chance to meet other new foster carers at the same stage of their journey. This initial training course is called “Preparation to Foster”, or sometimes “skills to foster”. It takes place over a few days, or evenings.

It’s about building knowledge, connections and valuable networks that last.

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the assessment

The assessment is a gradual process where we build up all the valuable information about who you are as a person. It’s not a test. Instead, it’s an opportunity for you to talk with skilled social workers and find out what fostering might mean for you. You have the time and the freedom to ask any questions you like, and to talk about anything that’s on your mind.

It’s also at this stage that we explore how your family works, and consider all the strengths and vulnerabilities there may be.

It’s about preparing for the rewards and challenges that fostering might bring.

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the panel

Every Foster Wales team has a panel. It’s here that everything we learn throughout the assessment process is considered. The panel is made up of a varied mix of skilled and experienced people, including social care workers and independent members.

They look at each potential foster carer as an individual, and work out what the best path forward may be.

The panel isn’t there to make a decision or stop your fostering journey – instead, they consider your application from all angles and make informed recommendations about what might work best for you.

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the foster care agreement

After the panel meets and recommendations have been made comes the foster care agreement. This important step lays out exactly what it means to be a foster carer – from the small daily responsibilities to all the wider support and guidance you’ll

It’s just about what you can offer, but about what we bring too. The agreement sets out all the expertise and services we’ll provide for you as your support network.

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ready to take the first step?

get in touch

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