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If you decide you want to be assessed as a foster carer, a social worker from Family Connections will visit you and your family home to assess both you and your family's suitability to foster.

The assessment will include looking at the skills and experience you already have as well as areas that may need further development and support.

A series of checks including health and social work and criminal records will be undertaken on you and the adults aged 16 and over in your home. You will also have the opportunity to provide references from people who know you well.

We aim to complete the assessment within six months. The assessment involves writing a report about you (called a Form F) which you will have the opportunity to read, and to contribute to, before your application is presented at the Fostering Panel.