About Family First Fostering
Are you already an approved foster carer? Are you considering transferring from your Local Authority or IFA?
We take on existing fostering carers and we aim to make the process as smooth as possible whether you have live placements or not.
If you’re already an approved foster carer it’s quick and easy to move to Family First Fostering, and any young people you’re looking after can usually move with you too.
Many foster carers feel frustrated at the lack of support they receive from their agency or Local Authority and feel devalued as carers. At Family First Fostering we want our foster carers to feel empowered and supported so that they can offer the best level of care possible to the young people they care for.
If you’re thinking about transferring to an agency then all you need to do is get in touch with us.
We’ll then arrange to meet you in your home so we can find out more about you and you can ask any questions you have about the process Or phone us on 0203 457 4249The full process of transferring agencies depends on whether or not you have a young person placed with you at the time you want to transfer.
If you don’t have a young person placed with you…
If you don’t have a young person placed with you then you can contact us to discuss the process but the formal application process cannot start until you have written to your existing agency or local authority to give them 28 days notice.
When you’ve informed your agency or local authority we will arrange to meet you in your home and request a reference from your existing agency or local authority. When we have received this the transfer process can officially begin.
If you do have a young person placed with you…
The needs of any young person you have in placement always takes priority and we do all we can to ensure as little disruption as possible is brought to their placement.
If you decide you’d like to transfer agencies you need to get in touch with us and also tell the agency or local authority that you’re registered with so that we can arrange a meeting together.
It’s up to the local authority of the young person you have in placement to decide whether they are able to stay with you when you transfer agencies, but in most instances they don’t have a problem with the transfer.
If the local authority are happy for the transfer to take place then the process can officially begin. If they decide the young person cannot move with you then you can continue to transfer agencies and wait for a new placement when you’re registered with Family First Fostering.
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