If you’ve been following my blog you’ll know that my husband and I are going to panel to be approved as foster carers on 20th April (or not as the case may be).
It’s Friday evening. In the dining room there are four very noisy, very excited boys getting stuck into their sleepover fun.
Today we had our last information gathering session with Stef, our assessor. Next week she’ll have the first draft of the Form F for us to look at and comment on. It feels like we’re coming to the end of something, but I know that it is in fact the start line we’re approaching.
Safer caring is the means by which foster carers can ensure the safety and well-being of children and young people. Because the business of foster caring happens in the home of the carer, safer caring also aims to protect the well being of carers and their families.
I get back from Calais absurdly happy to see my family and determined to see this fostering thing through to its conclusion, to its beginning.
This instalment of the blog should really come with a disclaimer. Somewhere here in bold text should be words to this effect:
*The actions of this blogger in no way constitute a statutory requirement for the fostering of asylum seeking children*
It’s Saturday morning and the house is now (reasonably) tidy. This is unusual for any day of the week but particularly for a Saturday. Today, however, is no ordinary Saturday – today is the day our assessor is coming.
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