The Screening Visit: A Big Step Towards Becoming a Foster Carer with Origins

Discover the importance of the screening visit, an essential first step in your journey to becoming a foster carer with Origins Foster Care. The visit allows you to learn more about fostering, clarify any doubts, and decide if this path is right for you and your family.

Are you considering becoming a foster carer with Origins Foster Care? After you've reached out to us and attended one of our regular online info sessions, the next step you'll take on this rewarding journey is the screening visit, which allows our qualified senior social workers to meet you and your family at your home.

This initial meeting is crucial for both you and Origins to get to know each other and ensure that fostering is the right path for everyone involved.

During the screening visit, one of our senior social workers will come to your home to meet you and your family. If you're applying as a couple, it's essential that both of you attend this visit. The primary purpose of this meeting is for you to learn more about fostering, ask any questions you may have, and for us to understand your family dynamics better.

What To Expect

At this stage, our social worker will ask you about various aspects of your life, such as:

  1. Your family structure and relevant family history
  2. Your employment and financial situation (to ensure that you won't be relying on fostering allowances as a primary source of income)
  3. Your support network
  4. Your past and present relationships
  5. Your motivation to become a foster carer
  6. The types of children and fostering you wish to consider

These questions help us determine your suitability as a foster carer and ensure that you have the necessary support systems in place to provide a stable and nurturing environment for the children you'll be caring for.

After The Screening Visit

After the screening visit, you'll have time to reflect on the information discussed and decide whether you want to proceed with the application process. It's essential to consider the impact that fostering may have on your life and your family members. Together, we'll make a decision about your future as a foster carer with Origins.

So, are you ready to explore the possibility of becoming a foster carer with Origins Foster Care? The best way to contact us and start your journey is by filling out the inquiry form on our website. You can also reach out to us through our social media channels, by email, or by telephone.

Origins Foster Care is here to support you on this exciting journey to becoming a foster carer. Once you're ready, get in touch to embark on this life-changing journey together so we can make a difference in the lives of children who need our love, support, and guidance.

A portrait photo of Eithne Larkin, a team member at Origins Foster Care smiling and looking at the camera.
Written by:
Eithne LarkinEithne Larkin
May 4, 2023
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