Adoption and Foster Carer Preparation Groups Information Evenings and events
West Berkshire Family Placement Team have introduced a new streamlined process to help enquirers work through the training and approval stages of becoming a foster carer. If you are considering making an application the details below may help you decide to contact us for further details. Those interested in adoption are encouraged to come along to an adoption information morning/evening to understand the process better prior to making an enquiry.
Information Events & Evenings.
Information events and evenings are a key part in the process of deciding if Adoption or Fostering is for you and are held periodically in venues across West Berkshire. They provide you with access to social workers,adopters, foster carers and sometimes young people themselves so that you can get a feel about what being a carer involves.Those living anywhere in West Berkshire can attend an information event/evening prior to making an enquiry or after initiating an application. The events are held purely to allow you to ask the questions that are important to you in deciding if Fostering or Adoption are for you. Attending does not commit you to proceed.
Those at the early stages of enquiry and information gathering can come and chat to workers, foster carers and adopters in an informal setting about how the process works and how you can engage with it. Please do come along if your have and interest in Fostering and/or Adoption and we will be delighted to see and talk to you about what both teams have to offer. If you would like to register your interest in attending please contact the duty worker on 01635 503155 reference adoption/fostering information events. We will be delighted to see you at an information event and look forward to the opportunity of explaining the various types of adoption, short breaks and fostering roles we are looking to recruit for.
Adoption Information Mornings
Adoption Information Mornings are a recommended part of your adoption application journey and are designed to give potential adopters a chance to find out in depth about the process and the needs of children requiring adoption. The information morning is designed to offer you the opportunity to proceed or withdraw once you know more about the process and the requirements of the Berkshire Unitary Authorities Consortium together with the new two stage adoption process.
All those interested in attending an information morning (or evening) in our schedule below should contact Family Placement Duty in the first instance. These information sessions are very useful pre-cursor stage for those wishing to be considered for assessment as adoptive parents. For full details of these events and to be booked for inclusion it is important to contact the Family Placement Team on 01635 503155 ref. Adoption Information Days as soon as possible. Couples are expected to attend the session (in full) with their partners if possible.The Berkshire unitary authorities are pleased to publish the complete list of information dates and locations for 2013 below.
Adoption Info sessions for the forthcoming year:
5 March 2014 - Wokingham - 6.00 - 9pm (Wednesday)
1 April 2014 - RBWM - 9.30 - 1pm (Tuesday)
26th April 9.30 - 1 pm - West Berkshire Council Family Placement Team
Preparation groups are part of the formal training programme for adopters and foster carers and involve joining with other prospective carers in a series of training days designed to help inform and train you in the role. Backed up by a home study and assessment programme (which for foster carers can run even before the preparation group commences) an initial enquiry and home visit followed by a CRB check is all that is required to be considered for entry into these training modules. Couples are expected to attend the sessions (in full) with their partners.
There will be preparation groups run during 2014 with our partner authorities in the Berkshire Consortium.
The next West Berkshire Adoption Preparation group will be held on the 10th, 11th, 18th July 2014 at a venue in Newbury.
Other preparation group dates to be held across Berkshire are:-
Thursday 13th Mar, Friday 14th Mar - Until 3.00pm, Friday 21st Mar - Until 3.00pm
Friday 4th April, Saturday 5th April, Wed 9th April
Thursday 15th May, Friday 16th May, Thursday 22nd May
Friday 20th June, Saturday 21st June, Friday 27th June
Thurs 7th August, Friday 8th August, Friday 15th August
Friday 19th Sept, Saturday 20th Sept , Friday 26th Sept
Thursday 9th Oct, Friday 10th Oct, Friday 17th Oct
Friday 7th Nov, Saturday 8th Nov, Friday 14th Nov
Thursday 4th Dec, Friday 5th Dec, Friday 12th Dec
dates for our 2014 fostering prep groups
February 1st, 7th and 14th
May 3rd, 9th, and 16th
July 5th, 11th, and 18th
Oct 4th, 10th, and 17th
Our programme for 2014 offers more frequent preparation group opportunities as we collaborate with our Berkshire Unitary Partners to offer maximum access and flexibility in the availability of our groups. If you require further details on these or any other foster carer events please contact us on 01635 503155 or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
To make an initial enquiry fill in our online form at the following link or ring 01635 503155 and ask to speak to the duty worker reference adoption or fostering during office hours Mon-Fri 9am to 4.30 pm.