Becoming a Foster Parent - Help & Support  - Eastern Fostering Services

  • ...during the application process.

    You’ll get to know us pretty well and we’ll get to know you too. An assessor will visit you in your home and complete the infamous Form F (the application form to foster). This process is not only a fact finding mission for us, a way for us to understand your motivations, your expectations and your hopes for fostering, it’s also a means for applicants to understand what fostering entails: its rewards and challenges.
  • ...preparation for fostering.

    We’ll be there to get you fully prepared to foster. As part of the application process we’ll provide Skills to Foster training. Together, we'll identify any other training needs you might have. We’ll also always be on the end of the phone to answer any of your questions.
  • ...ongoing training.

    Each year we’ll work together to put in place a Personal Development Programme (PDP). Obviously we’ll be in regular contact with you so you’ll be able to tell us what you would find helpful, what you need further support in, any areas of fostering that you’d like to know more about. Typically, we hold some sort of training every month.

    In the first year, you’ll need to complete your Training Standards and Development (TSD) and we’ll help you through this.
  • ...the EFS community

    When you foster with EFS, you become part of the family. You’ll be invited to our monthly coffee mornings and our Carer Support Groups. These events are a real opportunity to meet with the other carers and swap tips, discuss problems and solutions or just offload! Our carers really value these social gatherings, which have a real open and honest atmosphere. Nothing is taboo there! We also hold events for the children and carers (and their families) twice yearly. These are always great fun and contain at least one element of ritual humiliation for EFS staff.
  • ...supporting you in fostering.

    Once you become an approved foster carer with EFS, you’ll be allocated a Supervising Social Worker who’ll be responsible for supporting you and the child you’re looking after. She/he will be available on the phone for you whenever you need and we have an out of hours phone service should you need someone in the dead of night!
  • ...more support

    As well as the regular contact, our social workers will have a monthly supervision with you to make sure the child is doing well and that you’re being supported properly. We have a monthly clinic for carers run by an experienced psychotherapist which all carers can make use of should they want to. We also provide direct therapeutic support to all children who need it. We know how important this is for the children but it’s also a great means of sharing the management of children’s needs and our carers really value this.