It was a pleasure getting to know the family during the assessment process as we built up a close trusting relationship where we can be open and honest with each other. We now have this as to day-to-day support/advice - as I have beome their Supervising Social Worker.
Finally, we will need to collate several personal references and complete medical, financial and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.
All applicants require a medical check at their local GP, all costs of this are covered by the National Fostering Group. If you have submitted a joint application, both parties must complete a medical. This is not an in-depth health check, it is simply to ensure the applicant or applicants are fit and able to look after children. Your previous medical history will not be given to us, your GP will simply give us recommendations and let us know of any barriers that may affect you becoming a foster carer.
Before the next stage, you will also need to go through your finances with a social worker. This isn’t a credit check as such, it is more of an overview of your current financial situation, for example making sure your mortgage or rental payments are up to date. This is to guarantee stability for the child or children you may take care of.