As a foster carer, you should know that you always have the right to change fostering providers. We understand that your priority will always be the stability of the children or young people you look after, we share this same view!
Childhood First Integrated Therapeutic Fostering team will make the entire process straightforward and seamless, providing as little disruption as possible to any children you have in your placement. We understand that there are often understandable and valid reasons for carers wanting to transfer agency. You may feel as though you require a change, to develop further, or perhaps some consistency or support.
We always welcome applications from foster carers who wish to transfer and invite you to contact us and let us talk to you about how we do things a little differently.
If relevant, our fostering team are committed to supporting the terms of a current child in placement, which means that you will continue receiving at least the same level of payment and expenses if not more. We pride ourselves on our support network services and training and we are committed to providing you with a service that will make you feel part of our team.
Should you not currently have any children in placement, the process for transferring is more straight forward, we will simply undertake a new Form F fostering assessment and supporting documentation.
- We will arrange a home visit to discuss and answer any questions you may have.
- Should you wish to join us, you would need to notify your agency in writing with your intention to resign.
- A meeting is arranged between ourselves and your current agency. Social workers of any young people in placement are also informed. The transfer arrangements are described in more detail in 'The Fostering Network Transfer Protocol 2014.'
- This includes set timescales and is to ensure that children and young people in placement are not disrupted.
- A new Form F assessment and supporting documentation is completed by a social worker from our fostering team (this is far less lengthy than your first Form F).
- Your Form F is then presented to our independent fostering panel, where the recommendation will be made for your current approval will end and then you may become approved by us.
- Social workers of children and young people in placement are formally informed that the transfer has been completed.
- Relationships are of enormous importance in Childhood First and we work hard to maintain all existing relationships during the process and as we move forward.
The transfer process works as follows:
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