How do I become a carer?
- The first step is to decide what you would like to do.
- You can i) request an information pack ii) attend an information session or iii) arrange for a telephone call back with one of our foster care team.
- Contact us by phone, text or email or fill out the ‘Curious to Know More’ form on the Foster Care home page.
- We realise the decision to become a carer isn’t a quick one and we will support you and provide all of the necessary information while you assess your suitability.
- Once you’re ready to proceed further, an application form will need to be completed so that we can run all our background checks. CAFS will also need a current working with children card for everyone over 18 in your household.
- ‘Shared Stories, Shared Lives’ training must be completed prior to becoming an approved foster carer. Training is held regularly at CAFS throughout the year and involves 15 hours training split over 3 or 4 sessions.
- A four-part assessment called ‘Step by Step’ will need to be undertaken by all members of your household to assess your suitability as foster carers.
What support will CAFS offer me as a carer?
You will become a very important member of the CAFS family and we will support you every step of the way including:
- Financial reimbursement for each child in care to assist with everyday general needs.
- Case management support.
- After-hours emergency service support.
- Regular carer newsletter and opportunities to meet other carers.
- Great opportunities for further training to assist in developing skills and becoming the best foster carer you can be.
Our Next Information Sessions
Attending a Foster Care Information Session is a great way to find out more about what’s involved with becoming a carer. It’s also an opportunity for you to meet us, our current foster carers, as well as ask us lots of questions!