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What's I like to be a respite foster career?

Please can anyone advice me on this?


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Hi chocolate i have seen your other thread and see that it would be a way of getting experience etc whilst you try to become more financially stable in order to adopt . Hope that is a fair grasp of the situation.

I am a fc and started off doing respite though the intention was always to take a full time placement in time . I have fostered for 14 yrs now and adopted one of our foster children a year ago.

Firstly you will have to have a full fostering assessment done which is similar to the adop one ( though i dont remember any financial assessment ) . You will have a full medical and all checks and this is reviewed every 12 months and you have to pass panel every year. There is a lot of training much of which is compulsory and quite a lot of paperwork also. Most respite will be short term or weekends to give other carers a break so could involve children / young people with extra medical needs or challenging behaviour etc. I see you work weekends so that could be tricky. Would there be an opportunity to foster full time as opposed to you working ? I am sorry have forgotten if you are single or not ? If you are a couple would that be a good plan ? Just a thought !

Finally although fostering isnt a route to adoption as bops experience and mine show it can lead to that sometimes but really they are two seperate things and fostering involves a high level of soc worker involvement and legal processes and meetings that can be intrusive at times so there is a lot to think of there.

I think there is a section for fc on these boards and there will be some useful threads in the archive i am sure so maybe check those out.

Anyway i hope you can find a way forward. Good luck with it all.


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Thanks wizzywoo pm u


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