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Topic : Tips for Beginners!

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  • leanne

    Just wondered what advice existing Foster Carers would give to people visiting the site who were thinking about being a Foster Carer?

    Top Tips if you like!

    Leanne

    Calmar

    Be very patient……going through your assessment can take a long time šŸ™‚

    Be prepared for tears of joy & frustration.

    Your life (& your house) will be turned upside down but the rewards are massive.

    Sonja-L

    I could use some tips too. I have just made an online enquiry at my local authority to foster..
    I need to start decorating my house this week though because apparently they visit within 2 weeks of the first enquiry.

    Calmar

    Good luck Sonja-L with your application šŸ™‚ I don’t think they’re too worried about the dĆ©cor so don’t go too mad lol.

    leanne

    Hi Sonja-L
    Did you find any useful information on the thinking of fostering part of the website!
    If you have any specific questions please ask!
    Leanne

    Calmar

    Another tip – Choose who you foster for very carefully. Take your time & research different IFA’s, as well as LA’s. If you have a preference within fostering i.e. teenagers, mother & baby etc. make sure the IFA/LA you choose has these coming through. There’s nothing more annoying than being without a placement for months because ‘there’s none about’!!!!!
    Don’t forget, once your signed up it’s very hard to change fostering services.

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    Christian

    Does anybody know about what new books are out there to help new foster carers.

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    Steve

    There are lots of great books out there. I would suggest FCs get hold of a copy of ‘Fostering Now’ which is a small guide book containing info on law, national minimum standards and regulations for fostering. I find it very easy to read and so helpful when there are uncertainties around legal aspects of fostering.

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