One of the first decisions to be made after deciding you want to foster is choosing which agency you want to work with. This decision can be overwhelming for many people. There are so many agencies out there and it can feel like all of them are the same.

Here are some questions to ask when choosing an agency:

  • What is the agency's philosophy about foster parenting?
  • Do you agree with their philosophy?
  • How long has the agency been in business?
  • Is the agency licensed and accredited by state or national organizations?
  • Does the agency have a strong support system for you as a foster parent?
  • What is the agency's reputation with other foster parents?
  • Here are some tips on how to choose a foster care agency that is right for you:

    Do your research: Pick up a phone book and look through the pages or search online. Make a list of agencies that offer foster care in your area. You will be able to narrow down your list as you do your research.

    Visit their website: Websites are a good way to get an idea of what an agency looks like and what they stand for. They usually have a page that describes the requirements, expectations and training process for becoming a foster parent along with other information about the services they provide.

    Placement: When choosing a foster care agency, it is important to know that not all agencies are the same. There are many different agencies with different types of placements available. Some agencies specialize in emergency placement or have specialized services such as therapeutic foster care or kinship care services. It is important to choose an agency that will provide service that works best for your family.

    Support: All agencies should offer support to foster parents and children while they are in care. The level of support varies from agency to agency. Some agencies offer on-call staff 24/7 while other agencies have limited hours or only one individual assigned as the primary contact for each home. It is important to know how much support is available prior to choosing a foster care agency.

    Training: Foster parents need regular training on topics such as child development, legal issues, trauma informed care, and more in order to be successful. Foster parents should be provided with the opportunity to participate in training sessions from a variety of sources if possible, including their foster care agency, their local county office, community providers, and others.

    If you are looking for a trusted foster care agency in London, Apple Fostering could be your right choice.

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