The fostering panel will take place at a venue local to you. It takes the form of a meeting with our panel members, sitting together to discuss the type of fostering placement that’s right for you.
During the meeting you’ll be encouraged to share your views and expectations. You won’t be on your own. Your assessing social worker will be there to support you.
Panels last an hour or so, you’ll be informed of their recommendation right away. The FCA Scotland Director will make the final decision and you can expect to hear formally within a week.
Sometimes the panel can recommend that someone needs a bit more time to prepare to foster. If this happens we’ll provide help with further training and support.
Upon approval you are legally able to care for a young person. Once you’ve signed a Foster Carer Agreement you’ll be allocated a supervising social worker who will take you forward.
This depends on many factors, such as on your personal circumstances, how soon we can find a placement that’s right for you and the young person involved. We get new referrals from Local Authorities every day, so you might not have to wait very long.
You’ll be in regular contact with your supervising social worker and they’ll discuss the needs of the young person before they’re placed with you.
Where possible you’ll get to meet the child before they’re placed as we want to make the transition as smooth as possible.
To learn more about what to expect, just call FCA Scotland on 0141 646 4805 or fill in our online enquiry form.
If you would like some more information to help you decide whether fostering is for you all you need to do is contact us.
Call us on 0141 646 4805 (lines open Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm)
Fostering a child or young person is a big decision so we’re here to answer any questions you may have. Our friendly fostering advisors can talk you through everything you need to know about becoming a foster carer.
Outside of these hours please call 0800 434 6000. Freephone lines open Mon to Thurs – 5pm to 8pm.