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Your home visit

We’ll arrange to meet with you and your family at your home, so we can get to know you better – and so you can get to know us too.

Getting to know you

The Initial Home Visit is designed to help us to get to know each other and give you a more thorough understanding of what to expect from fostering if you go ahead with an application to become a foster carer.

We’ll also explain in detail the various stages of the application itself, right through to welcoming your first foster child into your home.

Next: Your fostering application

We have found that National Fostering Group are always happy to offer sound and professional advice whenever you need it. They also hold lots of events that enable you to meet up and obtain support from other foster carers too, which helps to build your support networks. We feel that they really make you feel part of their family.

Melissa, foster carer

What happens during the visit

During the home visit, a qualified member of our team will discuss your expectations of being a foster carer. They’ll share further in-depth information about what the role of a foster carer entails.

They will also talk more about the importance of fostering, including the circumstances that lead children into foster care and our therapeutic fostering approach.

We’ll briefly assess the indoor and outdoor spaces of your home so we can see how a child could benefit from living there. This includes the bedroom your foster child will have exclusive use of. Please read more about spare rooms and fostering before you get in touch with us.

We’ll also start gathering more information about you and your immediate family, which will help prepare you for the rest of the application process.

Ask all the questions you like!

By the end of this visit, we want you to feel that you’ve got as thorough an understanding of fostering as it’s possible to have at this stage. We also want you to be able to assess honestly what it will mean to you – and also what it will mean to your existing support network of family and friends – if you decide to start your application. So, please feel free to ask as many questions as you need to during the visit. From here, you might decide you’re ready to apply.

Next: Your fostering application

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