Experience Carers Transfer

Reasons for joining Future Families

Here at Future Families we pride ourselves on the quality of service provision, support and training that we provide our foster carers. We have an excellent record of children residing in stable and consistent placements with our carers and can demonstrate positive outcomes for our children.

We value and support our carers, encouraging them to attend our extensive training programme and develop their skills further as carers.

Our support worker visits the children within placement on a regular basis (usually six weekly) and engages them in activities and outings. Children are encouraged to take part in the newsletter and contribute their thoughts and ideas.

Carers are supported on a regular basis and are invited to support groups where they are able to bring forward issues for discussion and provide support to other carers who are less experienced.

Transfer – experienced carers looking for a change?

Future Families will meet with foster carers and children if applicable when they are thinking of moving to an alternative agency and we will discuss with you your needs and the needs of the children, without obligation. We can offer carers an opportunity to meet with our existing carers.

To begin the transfer process carers would need to give 28 days’ notice to their fostering agency (if there are no children in placement) of the intention to resign. If carers have children in placement they need to provide written notice to the fostering agency and the placing local authority.

If there are children within the placement a protocol meeting will be held where the fostering agency and the local authority will be invited to. This meeting will discuss the needs of the children in placement and how best to manage the transfer so that there is less disruption. In most cases, agreement is given for children in your care to transfer with you and the previous fostering fees will continue to be paid.

Future Families will speak with the fostering agency and ask to see your Form F assessment. A Future Families assessor will visit you at home to undertake a new Form F and this will be presented to our panel for approval. We pursue references and our assessor will read your fostering file with the agency. During this process we will continue to offer you support and guidance so that things can run smoothly with minimal disruption.

An agreement is made with all parties when your Form F will be presented to panel. This will ensure that people are aware of the date your current approval will end and your approval with Future Families begins.

There are occasions when the existing fostering agency tries hard to persuade carers to remain with them, if you find yourself in this situation then Future Families will be happy to provide you with support and guidance and advise you on appropriate action to take. It is important to remember that transferring is an individual choice and a choice made by you.