WHAT IS THE FOSTERING CRITERIA FOR NEW APPLICANTS?
CRITERIA FOR NEW APPLICANTS:
- Demonstrate competence in looking after children of all ages especially over 8 years of age
- Have spare bedroom that will provide privacy for a child/ young person
- Demonstrate a genuine concern for the child/ young person’s welfare
- Realise that looking after a child or a young person who has a history of abuse or neglect is very different to looking after their own children.
- Show understanding of the effects of all types of abuse
- Understand that it might take the foster child some time to settle and accept you
- Be able to deal with child/ young person and his/ hers emotional and behavioural problems
- Must be able to provide the child/ young person with a homely environment and encourage them to see and use their strengths in a positive way.
- Provide an environment that will help the child/ young person to develop and grow by concentrating on such areas as their health , education identity, self-care and preparation skills
- Encourage the child’s / young person’s capacity for growth and self-fulfilment
- Show an interest in the child/ young personal accomplishment, however small
- Teach the child/ young person how to be resilient even though they have had negative and harmful experiences.
- Be able to accept support and enter into a supportive relationship with the agency, other professionals and foster carers
- Attend training to learn how to deal with all aspects of caring.(It is mandatory to attend 3 day initial training course and 5 training courses a year once you are approved)
- Be flexible and available to provide school runs, attend meetings and stay at home with a child when required
"My link worker has been very helpful, she is easy to talk to and reliable."
"I enjoy being a foster carer, I find it very fulfilling."
"The reward has been from my foster child seeing her blossom and flourish."