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Beta Care Services are happy to receive applications from carers who wish to transfer from a Local Authority or another agency.

If you have current placement our first priority will be the continuity of their care and the ongoing placement with you. We will look carefully at the needs of the young person and how we can help and support you in continuing to meet those needs.

To complete this process we use the Fostering Network’s transfer of carers protocol. This will involve meetings between yourselves, the Local Authority, and your current agency to discuss the proposed move, timescales, transfer dates etc. The meeting will then be followed by the usual assessment processes and references from your current agency, together with a review of your carrer file. This process usually takes around 2-3 months to complete.

In all such transfers the terms of the placement, for both yourselves and the Local Authority, will be honoured for its duration.

If you do not have any current placements, the process is significantly simpler, but will still require references and the assessment process to be completed.

As Foster Carers with Beta, typically you will receive a minimum of one visit each month from your designated Supervising Social Worker. In addition, you will meet with the staff team and your Foster Carer colleagues each month at the Foster Carer Support Group (Biscuit Barrel). Likewise, you will meet with your colleagues at our monthly training sessions. However, if you feel additional visits are required, in order to provide a greater degree of support, we will be happy to facilitate this as necessary. Furthermore, we provide 24 hour, 7 days a week, out of hours telephone support from amongst our locally based staff team, and you will have peace of mind, knowing that you are “never alone in a crisis”.

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You might be wondering...

If I foster, can I still smoke in my house?
No, for the health and safety of the child or young person it is illegal for anyone to smoke in the house of a foster carer
What happens in the assessment process?
An assessing Social Worker will work with you to build a report of your parenting skills, background, family and networks. This will provide evidence of how you are likely to manage as s Foster Carer.
How do I become a foster carer?
Have a look at our page Journey to Fostering Page.
How long does it take to become a foster carer?
The length of the application process varies from person to person. On average, it takes around 4 – 6 months to complete your assessment and be approved as a foster carer.