Fostering Reviews


A fostering review is a formal review of an applicant’s application for foster care. It is usually conducted in the carer’s home, but it can also be held remotely by Skype. A formal review will assess the suitability of a carer for the young people in their care. In order to receive a formal review, a carer must have completed the application process. In some cases, a formal review will result in a revised application for foster care.

Formal review of a foster carer’s application to become a foster carer

The process of formal review of an applicant to become a foster carer has several stages. The initial assessment involves completing a detailed application form that includes personal information about the foster family. Once the application form is received and submitted, statutory checks are conducted on the family. If a family meets the requirements, they may be referred to other agencies to complete the required checks. Medical examinations are required before an application can be approved. The report from the medical examination is reviewed by a Foster Careline Medical Advisor.

Background checks are another requirement. These check the criminal record of applicants for foster care. They use fingerprints to search FBI and state databases. Although previous convictions and arrests do not automatically disqualify a foster carer, these checks ensure that people with a history of harming children are not licensed as foster carers. Further, foster carers must be aware of their legal obligations and the rights of different people in the community.

Taking place in foster carer’s home

Contact with birth parents is important for children in foster care. While foster care legislation generally supports contact with birth parents as long as it is in the child’s best interests and does not pose a risk, some foster carers have reported significant problems related to this type of contact. For example, many foster children who have contact with birth parents have developed problems with alcohol, mental health issues, and violence from their birth families. Foster carers also report concerns about unreliability and the impact of contact on the foster children.

As a foster parent, you must provide day-to-day care for a child. It is also important to support the child’s development, advocate for their well-being, and handle challenging behaviour. You must be nurturing and have a system in place for dealing with difficult behaviour. You should also work with the local authority’s care plan to promote healthy contact between the foster child and his/her birth family.

Presented to the Fostering Panel

All Panel members are required to undergo training and attend one meeting before they are able to be appointed as a member of the panel. Panel members must be fully conversant with relevant legislation, and must attend joint training with fostering staff at least once a year. Panel members may request relevant information or medical advice from a fostering agency, which they must do. The Panel should be able to discuss their findings in a confidential and non-judgmental manner.

Presented to the Fostering Panel: During each meeting, the fostering service provider must present details of their business activity to the panel. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss and review foster care issues. The panel’s role is to give a thorough consideration to all cases and make recommendations to the Agency Decision Maker. Fostering Panel members may not make recommendations which are ‘in principle’ or ‘conditional’.

Impact on young people

The recent fostering review has been the first attempt at identifying the impact of fostering on the lives of young people. It found that 80% of former foster youths had a high sense of self-worth and were more optimistic about their future. Only one quarter felt that they wouldn’t have the chance to earn a higher education or to provide a good life for their children. In contrast, two-thirds of foster youths reported having goals.

The literature review found that the transition from foster care to adulthood is a multi-dimensional process. It is influenced by the carer’s experience of vulnerability, level of support and possible problematic outcomes. While there are many positive aspects of fostering, there are also some aspects of the experience that were not reflected in the reviews. The study also found that young people in foster care expressed positive feelings toward their former foster families and their former foster placement.