Transferring Foster Agencies
At Regional Fostering Services, we offer foster parents a wide range of reasons to transfer to our agency. When you’re looking into how to transfer foster agencies, it can easily seem like this will be a long and confusing process that’s simply not worth it. But our expert team will give you all the information and support you need to transfer fostering agency, whether you’re currently looking after a child or not.
Transferring fostering agencies is different depending on whether or not you’re currently fostering children and this is something you should keep in mind if you want to join Regional Fostering Services. By complying with the guidelines set out in the Transfer of Foster Carers Protocol, the transfer process is relatively smooth and simple.
Transferring foster agencies when you’re looking after no children
If you plan to transfer fostering agencies when you’re not currently looking after any children, this is a simple process. You will need to give written notice to your current agency that you’ll be joining Regional Fostering Services.
Once you’ve done this, we can begin assessing you, and we’ll follow good practice and contact your current fostering agency to confirm that your notification of potential transfer has been received.
Once you’ve been approved by us, you will need to given a written notice of resignation to your current fostering agency. We will co-operate with your current fostering agency to schedule your dates of termination and approval to ensure that you remain continuously approved.
Transferring fostering agencies when you’re looking after children
If you’re currently looking after a child or multiple children, you will need to give your current fostering agency written notice that you’re planning to move to a different agency before anything else.
Once this notice has been received by your current fostering agency, the children’s IROs need to be contacted with your intention to change fostering agencies. Within 28 days, there will be a meeting scheduled between you, the placing/lead authority, Regional Fostering Services as your new fostering agency and your current fostering agency.
Several things will be discussed in this meeting, including:
- Is it in the best interests of the children you’re looking after to continue with this placement
- How would the children in your care be affected by the move
- How Regional Fostering Services (as your new fostering agency) will meet the needs of the children currently in your care
- The mutual agreement of the approval by both us and your current fostering agency
- If the placement won’t continue, arrangements to move the children will also be discussed
Guidelines set out in the Transfer of Foster Carers Protocol 2014 concern the sharing of information about foster carers. We will work with your current fostering agency to find out, along with payment information:
- Standards of training
- The support and development you’ve received
When you decide to transfer to Regional Fostering Services, we’ll be there to support you every step of the way. To find out more about transferring fostering agencies, call 0203 621 2101 or contact us online today.