Gay Surrey Charity, in association with Surrey County Council, is pleased to provide you with the following information regarding fostering of children in Surrey .
You can foster a child from just a few months to a lifetime - the choice is yours.
Brothers and sisters may wish to be fostered together.
Young people on remand also need foster homes to help prevent them from re offending.
There are also disabled children who may need to be looked after for a short time to give their parents a chance to recharge their batteries.
There is much information on the different types of fostering - private, general, permanent, respite, remand etc.
Becoming a Foster Carer
Essential requirements for becoming a foster carer:
- Must like children and young people and enjoy their company.
- Be good at working alongside other people in the child's life.
- Do not have a police record for violence, or offences against children.
- Able to understand, or be prepared to learn, how children behave when they have been emotionally damaged, physically hurt or neglected.
- Attend initial and ongoing training and support groups to enable you to undertake the fostering task.
- Ideally you should have a spare room in your home for a foster child/ren.
What is NOT important?
- Whether you are single, married, heterosexual or gay.
- Whether you have a disability or a medical condition, as long as it is stabilised and does not interfere with your ability to care for a child or young person on a day-to-day basis.
- You have children of your own, as long as you enjoy children and young people and have a sense of humour.
- You own your own home - as long as you have a stable tenancy.
- You were successful at school.
- If you are retired.
- Whether your own childhood was difficult, as long as you have appropriately dealt with and learnt from these experiences.
- What ethnic background you are from - Surrey CC are actively looking for carers from a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds, in order to match up children and young people with suitable families.
- Whether you work because there are a variety of schemes to suit various circumstances.
There is a full and detailed assessment process, involving:
- Visits to you at home to discuss fostering in greater detail
- References taken
- A GP Report
- That you undertake a training programme
- Checks with the Criminal Records Bureau
- At the end of the process, the Family Placement Worker will produce a report based on the information gathered during the assessment. This will be a two way process and based on an honest exchange of information. You will be invited to attend a Fostering Panel with your worker that will consider your application, and then make a recommendation on whether you are approved.
If you are considering becoming a foster carer and would like to know more, please visit Surrey County Council's dedicated Fostering page: