Friday, April 06, 2018

Fostering 'F' ..... A - Z Blog Challenge

As Jeff and I have been foster carers for 3 years this month it seemed the right time to have Fostering as a topic for the A-Z. We're still new enough that we're not jaded yet, but have had a pretty bumpy ride, so fairly realistic in what fostering is really about.

For further information The Fostering Network

Files/Records - Foster carers need some secure system to keep any hard copy records safe. Our local borough provides a document lock box which we keep locked and away from visitors and any fosterlings. Records can include the daily diary, delegated authority, passports, PEP's, etc.
First Aid and Medication - Delegated authority will usually allow for minor trips to the doctor and medication. Any vaccinations or invasive treatment cannot be started without social services approval. If in any doubt check, and always advise afterwards regardless.
Form F -This is the form that is completed as you go through the process to become foster carers.
Foster Carers - There are several different types of fostering, and include short term fostering, long term fostering, emergency, respite and parent and child placements.


  1. Do you do all those different kinds of fostering or just one of them?

    1. Hi Jo, we do emergency overnight; respite, anything from a couple of days to a couple of weeks; day care while parents have court appointments; and short term, which is from a weekend to a maximum of 2 years! So varied :) 21 children in 3 years!


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