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Old Sep 27th, 2013, 20:28 PM   21
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thr room has to be big enough for a bed and a dresser. I am a foster mom, i can not have children of my own. So i take ages 0-6 and will adopt if they become available and it looks like my very first foster baby is becoming available so he will be all ours! I was a foster child, and i always knew i would become a foster parent, it gives kids the chance they need to break the cycle-to start over!
Thanks for getting back to me,the room is only big enough for a cot or toddler bed but does fit a wardrobe and a drawer and a small toy chest so I hope this is big enough...
Congratulations on your baby being available
,,how old is she? Have a nice day....xx
He is almost 8 months old! he has been with us most of his life now



 
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Old Sep 28th, 2013, 11:09 AM   22
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awh i hope it all works out for you hun xx



 
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Old Sep 29th, 2013, 16:45 PM   23
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I just wanted to say that fostering is different between the USA and the uk, you are looking at a few months to be approved as a foster carer in the uk, you will need to attend a preparation course, have a home assessment and been presented to a panel for approval. You can foster with having your own children you just need to have a spare room and they will consider your own family when looking at what age group you will be approved for. Hope that helps and good luck



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I just wanted to say that fostering is different between the USA and the uk, you are looking at a few months to be approved as a foster carer in the uk, you will need to attend a preparation course, have a home assessment and been presented to a panel for approval. You can foster with having your own children you just need to have a spare room and they will consider your own family when looking at what age group you will be approved for. Hope that helps and good luck

you are right. Here we have loads of paperwork, we take 12 weeks of classes,must have finger prints and background checks and a home inspection. We do not see an approval board though. We can have our own children also but if they live in the home and are over 18 they must have a background check. We chose the age of the children we would like to foster, and how many we would care for at a time. We started in the begining of November, finished classes mid-February and our license wasnt complete until the end of may, may 24th to be exact and we had 3 calls to foster by May 31st!



 
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Old Sep 30th, 2013, 05:22 AM   25
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I just wanted to say that fostering is different between the USA and the uk, you are looking at a few months to be approved as a foster carer in the uk, you will need to attend a preparation course, have a home assessment and been presented to a panel for approval. You can foster with having your own children you just need to have a spare room and they will consider your own family when looking at what age group you will be approved for. Hope that helps and good luck
Thanks for this information, yes we have a spare room,and someone is coming to talk to us in 6 months...
Have you been on the preparation course ?? and if you have what sort of things is in it please..
Is the home assessment just to check that the home is safe ??

And also is being present to a panel,hard and do I need to think of all the questions they might ask??

Also they have already said that they can only offer us 0 to 2 years because of all the ages of my children already...my littlest is only 2 years old..

sorry about all the questions but I just want to be ready so in 6 months time I will already know most of the basics..
THANKS AGAIN..xx



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Old Sep 30th, 2013, 05:34 AM   26
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I just wanted to say that fostering is different between the USA and the uk, you are looking at a few months to be approved as a foster carer in the uk, you will need to attend a preparation course, have a home assessment and been presented to a panel for approval. You can foster with having your own children you just need to have a spare room and they will consider your own family when looking at what age group you will be approved for. Hope that helps and good luck

you are right. Here we have loads of paperwork, we take 12 weeks of classes,must have finger prints and background checks and a home inspection. We do not see an approval board though. We can have our own children also but if they live in the home and are over 18 they must have a background check. We chose the age of the children we would like to foster, and how many we would care for at a time. We started in the begining of November, finished classes mid-February and our license wasnt complete until the end of may, may 24th to be exact and we had 3 calls to foster by May 31st!
Can it ask a few questions. Was the 12 week course hard.??
And what sort of things are in the course??

I am hoping that by bringing up 6 children already that I will be a little bit ahead of some people....

Also I bet waiting these last few months for your licence was hard to wait for..

A am so excited to get things started but a little bit worried they will try to get me to wait until my kids are older...

Do you know if there is a good foster book I can buy???
Thanks for any help you can give me...xxx



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Old Sep 30th, 2013, 11:58 AM   27
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I dont know if there is a book that you can buy. The class was alot of rules and scenarios about the horrors that the children experience before they come to foster care. We have to discuss what we can and cant do with a foster child, and how we would feel in certain situations, we talk about how to deal with angry parents, how to dispense medications and what foster care expects of foster parents. I dont think they would make you wait until your kids are old but im not sure how that works in our situation. Waiting was difficult because my husband and i can not have children of our own and we are hoping to adopt through the fostercare system.



 
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I just wanted to say that fostering is different between the USA and the uk, you are looking at a few months to be approved as a foster carer in the uk, you will need to attend a preparation course, have a home assessment and been presented to a panel for approval. You can foster with having your own children you just need to have a spare room and they will consider your own family when looking at what age group you will be approved for. Hope that helps and good luck
Thanks for this information, yes we have a spare room,and someone is coming to talk to us in 6 months...
Have you been on the preparation course ?? and if you have what sort of things is in it please..
Is the home assessment just to check that the home is safe ??

And also is being present to a panel,hard and do I need to think of all the questions they might ask??

Also they have already said that they can only offer us 0 to 2 years because of all the ages of my children already...my littlest is only 2 years old..

sorry about all the questions but I just want to be ready so in 6 months time I will already know most of the basics..
THANKS AGAIN..xx
I haven't been on a prep course so I can't give you any more information about what happens on it I'm afraid, I know about fostering and adoption through my work. The home assessment will be over a number of sessions with your allocated social worker and will go over your history and from those sessions a form f will be completed and references will be obtained. The panel will have your form f to consider as well as meeting you, for them to consider when making their recommendation. Your social worker will be able to prepare you for the panel and on the questions likely to be asked. You will also have to have a medical and a DBS check (used to be called crb check). They will probably have a look at your house and the room you propose to use for a foster child when they come to do the initial home visit. Can I ask who you are going through as I'm surprised you are having to wait six months for an initial home visit. Hope that helps a little bit more though.



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Old Oct 2nd, 2013, 06:30 AM   29
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Thanks to lolam and carebear for all your help so far,,

Lolam sorry to hear the only way you can have a baby is though fostering but so glad that you found your 8 month old. I love that age it just before they start walking ,when you need eyes every where,because they can reach more things..

Carebear we have been told we have to wait 6 months because I am moving my 2 year old with his 2 brothers,so it leaves me a spare room to foster in..
They won't to make sure all 3 boys are happy to spare so they said 6 months we should know by then...
So excited to get. Things started been planing the nursery and trying to look for bedding to suit both boys and girls...(I know I am getting ahead of myself and I don't know if I will get excepted. ) but I know i will keep trying until I do...

Also another problem is we might have to move .so I know that will delay things...and also the house we saw yesterday has a dinning room that we would need to turn into my 16 year olds bedroom..
(Not sure if the foster people will like that ? )

Also not sure if we moved weather they would want us to wait a while til we start training....
I know waiting will be something I have to do,,but I hate waiting...
Better go now ..xx



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Old Oct 7th, 2013, 04:01 AM   30
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Good luck to all of you looking into it, we ended up pregnant again (not planned but loved none the less) so we will wait a few years before looking into fostering again



 

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