FCV is interested in recruiting the widest range of carers possible. We welcome enquiries from all sections of the community regardless of your age, gender, sexual orientation, race, linguistic heritage or religious background.
However, there are some basic eligibility criteria:
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To foster for FCV you have to be 21 or over
You must have an available spare room
You cannot foster if you have committed certain offences such as crimes against children or violent crimes.
Usually FCV expect that at least one person in the foster home is committed to fostering full time although there can be certain circumstances where this may be negotiable.
Fostering is a term used to describe looking after someone else’s child in your own home as a registered foster carer. Click here to find out more about becoming a foster carer.
FCV usually expect that at least one person in the foster home is committed to fostering full-time, although there can be certain circumstances where this may be negotiable. For example, if there are two carers, we may be able to work out a schedule where both could work part-time hours.
To discuss your employment circumstances, please contact us to discuss the matter further with a member of our team.
There are several checks which will be undertaken during an assessment of a carer and although these may seem intrusive they are essential. After all, we must ensure that all children are kept safe from harm whilst in the care of FCV.
These checks will include an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check (formerly CRB); a medical check; a Local Authority check to see if you or your family have and any previous involvement with Social Services; school references will be sought if you have children of school age living at home.
Employment references will be sought from your present or last employer, and if you have previously worked with children or vulnerable adults then we will require a reference from each employer. Also as part of the assessment process a basic financial check will be completed.
If you have any concerns about the checks or want to find out more about the assessment, please get in touch.
Your whole family will form part of the assessment. Your assessing social worker will talk to all members of your family, individually and as a group. Adult children living elsewhere will also be interviewed.
It's important to remember that fostering involves the whole family. If your own children and wider family are positive about fostering then you can feel positive too, but without their support, understanding and engagement it’s going to be a challenge.
Your own children, wider family and community of support have an important part to play in the success of any fostering placement. So we offer them the support, we value their engagement and we give them the reassurance they need to ensure their experience of fostering is a positive and happy one.
We provide support so that from time to time you as a family can be together and recharge your batteries, whether it be through an organised activity or by way of a short period of respite, either way we know that the well-being and happiness of you and your family is the cornerstone to a happy and successful fostering career.
The length of time in between getting approved and having your first placement will vary. You can begin taking placements right away, but as with all placements we need to carefully match your developing skills with the right placement for you. As it’s your first placement we will also ensure you get the right support package during this first phase of your fostering with FCV and link you in with our mentoring scheme.
You can give us a preference, but you need to be aware that to be used more often you need to be willing to take on teenagers as well as younger children. Many of the children referred to FCV are over the age of 11, so if you are able to we do like you to be able to offer this wider age range.
Being a foster carer isn’t about whether you’re in a relationship or whether you’re single. It’s about having the potential to care for other people’s children and ensure that they are able to thrive and grow in your care. FCV welcome applications from people who are in a relationship and those who are single.
FCV will consider your application on your suitability to be foster carers and does not discriminate on the grounds of sexuality.
FCV is committed to supporting it’s carers in a number of ways and one of these is by providing a generous financial allowance. It is difficult to say in exact figures how much allowance will be payable as each contract with a local authority is different. However, FCV are committed to paying you a professional fee that is commensurate with the task we ask you to undertake.
A foster child would need their own bedroom. FCV would not consider the prospect of your own children leaving their bedroom to accommodate a foster child. Therefore you need a free bedroom that gives a child circulation space and typically space for their bed, a cabinet, a chest of drawers, a wardrobe and a desk.
In short, yes ,but there are certain criminal offences of violence and crimes against children that automatically bar you from becoming a foster carer. With other offences, it does depend on the type of conviction, along with the context and circumstance of the offence.
The most important thing to remember is that you must tell us of any convictions you think you may have. This is to ensure that no offences are excluded from the DBS check.
While it's not a specific requirement of being a carer, living in the North Wales area it would certainly be useful in carrying out the fostering role.
Local Authorities are becoming increasingly stringent in their approach to placing children in households where people smoke. Therefore, FCV will not assess or approve any prospective foster carer applicant who smokes, including any member of their household, who wishes to care for children of the age of 5 years and younger. It is also the case that this age limit could be lifted if the child to be placed had a health issue such as a respiratory condition, for example asthma, that impacted on the child.
Therefore, a child who is 5 years of age or younger or is older and has a relevant health issue will not be placed with an existing FCV foster carer who smokes and this includes any other member of their household. This ruling also applies to mother and baby (parent and child) arrangements.
Foster carers who quit smoking must have done so for 6 months prior to being approved for a child up to the age of 5 years. The agency reserves the right to consult a carer’s GP about their smoking habits.
No, some children will need a short respite break over the weekend or during the school holiday period. If you’re the sort of person who can offer this time, whilst maintaining another role or other caring commitments, please contact us.
FCV believe that children and pets are generally a great combination, but we will have to undertake an assessment to ensure that everybody in your house is safe.
When assessing foster carers, FCV is committed to ensuring that any pets receive adequate attention and consideration.
It is, for example, important to gather evidence regarding the temperament and personality of any dogs in the household. It is the responsibility of the prospective carer to demonstrate that the temperament of a dog or, when applicable, another pet in their household, is compatible with the fostering task.
Yes, you will need a stable tenancy and a written agreement from your landlord agreeing that you can foster.