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25 September 2017

Top 15 Frequently Asked Questions 

The following are other questions that people considering a career in fostering have asked us:
 
1. Can I become a foster carer if myself or my partner has a criminal conviction?

A previous criminal conviction would not necessarily disqualify you from fostering; it would depend upon the nature of the conviction and when it occurred. It is standard for us to check police records at an early stage in the application process so we would need you to discuss any convictions with us as soon as possible so that we could decide whether or how it might affect your application. This information would remain confidential at all times.

2. Can I continue to work whilst fostering?

This would depend on the nature of your employment and the hours you work. We would expect in the case of a couple that one of you would be available to attend meetings, support groups etc during the day, and of course be available for the child if they needed collecting from school for example. If you worked from home this may be possible, we would need to discuss this with you.

3. Do I have to have children of my own to be a foster carer?

There is no stipulation for foster carers to have had their own children – many childless couples & individuals have become very effective foster carers. You may have a lot of experience of looking after other people’s children or be in a profession where you have a lot of contact with children. You may be the type of person who has a natural talent in understanding the needs of a child.

4. What sort of checks are carried out?

There are various checks that we must undertake during the assessment process. We carry out a disclosure and barring service (DBS) check (previously CRB) to ascertain if you have been convicted of any crimes in the past. We also make enquiries with your local Social Services Department, Education Department and Health Service. A standard health & safety check is also made on your home to ensure that it does not pose an unnecessary risk to children.

5. Are we allowed to smack foster children?

No form of corporal punishment is acceptable under the regulations governing fostering; this would include any form of smacking, slapping or shaking. We provide training to all our carers on alternative and effective ways to cope with any difficult behaviour.

6. How will fostering affect our own children living at home?

Fostering can have a great impact on your own children and you should discuss this with them before you make a final decision on whether to pursue a career in fostering. The time you have always had with them will now be shared with foster children and your children may resent this. Foster children may touch your child’s possessions or display aggressive behaviour, something they are not used to.

There are many positives for them also. It can be good company for your child/children, and many friendships have developed between the birth children & foster children in the past. It can be fun with extra people of their own age sharing family activities and holidays.

7. If a young person didn’t fit in with our family could I ask for them to be removed?

Any decision to move a child or young person from your home would have to be discussed and planned so as to keep the disruption for the child to a minimum. We would hope that you would give the young person a fair trial period before this decision was made and allow Xcel 2000 and Local Authority time to find an alternative placement. In the event of a major incident/physical injury we would act immediately to secure an alternative placement.

8. Do I have a choice as to what young person I have and how much will I know about the child/young person before they are placed with me?

When a referral for a child is made to Xcel 2000 a careful match is made – that is matching the needs of the child with a foster carer whose skills and experience could best meet those needs. This process is undertaken in conjunction with the local authority making the referral. We discuss every placement with our carers and it is your decision as to whether to take a young person. We will provide you with as much information about the young person and their background as possible, including any difficult behaviour and how to manage it. You do need to be aware that sometimes we have very little information, especially in an emergency. We would always, however, seek to find out quickly as much as possible.

9. Will there always be someone available to contact if I need advice?

Yes – Xcel 2000 operates a 24 hour 52 weeks a year support system. A qualified Social Worker will always be available to speak to on the phone.

10. Can I take the young person on holiday with me?

Yes. It is an expectation that children have an annual holiday. There may be some children who may not be allowed to leave Britain.

11. Can I adopt a child if I get attached to them?

This would depend on the child’s circumstances and legal status. Several children do get adopted by their foster carers but this isn’t something that would automatically happen.

12. Do Foster Children have to have their own bedroom?

Yes, the only exception to this is if there are two brothers or sisters who are able to share. Children that are not related can not a share bedroom.

13. Do I have to live in a big house?

No, foster carers can live in a flat, house or bungalow with only two bedrooms as long as there is enough room for everyone to have their own space.

14. Would I be allowed to have pets in the home?

Generally having pets around children is seen as a positive. However there are children who may be frightened of or allergic to animals or who can be cruel. This would be discussed fully during your assessment.

15. Would I meet other Foster Carers?

Yes, Xcel foster carers are encouraged to form links to offer mutual support to each other. They meet regularly for support groups and training.
 
If you are interested in becoming a foster carer with us or would like more information then please complete our suitability to foster questionnaire online.
 
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Contact Details

Xcel 2000 operates across the South East. We have offices in Kent.
Our head office is situated in Sittingbourne, Kent.

Kent:
8 London Road, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 1NA
Tel: 01795 470222

London, Herts and Essex:
Tel: 0845 094 5651

For General Enquiries Telephone:
0845 094 5651

For Out Of Hours Enquiries Telephone:
0776 0476172

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