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Becoming a Supported Lodgings carer means that you will be playing an important role in the lives of the young people who will be living with you. You will have the opportunity to provide them with the skills and confidence to live independently which is an opportunity we would want for all our young people. It is so important that we have the right people for this and it is why our assessment process needs to be thorough and robust but it is our aim to work closely with you through every step of the process and on hand to answer any questions you might have.

Step 1 - Contact Us

By email: AdoptFostRecruitment@aberdeencity.gov.uk

By Phone: 01224 694554

Pop in: We are situated at The Quarry Centre, Cummings Park Crescent, Aberdeen AB16 7AS

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Attend one of our Information Events: You are welcome to attend any of our Adoption Information Events, if you can let us know that you are attending and we can make sure we have the right people for you to talk to.


A member of the team will gather some basic information from you and then a member of the Recruitment Team will link in with you and take a referral, this will be within 5 working days. We would hope that we can then proceed to a home visit to meet you (and your partner if this is a joint enquiry) at your home.

Step 2 - Home Visit

This meeting is an opportunity for an exchange of information about the process and your individual circumstances including an opportunity to carry out an initial check on your home.  Following this initial meeting we will let you know if we are able to proceed to the next stage.  If we do not feel that this is appropriate at this point,k then we will explain our reasons in full.

Step 3 - Skills to Foster Training Course

The next stage is an invitation to attend a three-day Skills to Foster Course, this will give you further insight into the realities of becoming a carer. The course involves case studies of children and young people, an overview of child development, the impact of loss and trauma on children and what the role of a carer means. The course is often co-led by foster carers, but we also have other members of the team and relevant people on hand to talk about their experiences. You will also find out the support that will be on offer to you including training courses, support groups and other resources you will be able to link in with. This course is mandatory, however, if you have attended the course before or have relevant knowledge/experience this could be negotiated.

Step 4 - Feedback

Within two weeks of completing the Skills to Foster Course the group facilitators will provide feedback on whether we can progress to the assessment stage, at which time you can be invited to make a formal application.

Step 5 - Assessment

We would aim to complete your assessment within 12 weeks to ensure that we can undertake the necessary checks.

Step 6 - Panel Approval and Registration

The assessment report is presented to the Alternative Family Care Panel and you will be asked to attend this alongside your assessing worker. Following the Alternative Family Care Panel meeting a recommendation is passed to the Agency Decision Maker. Their decision will be with you within 28 days.

Step 7 - Support worker allocated within the Alternative Family Care Service

Once approved you will be allocated a worker who will then link in with our Youth Team to ensure that we can make the best match between you and a young person. Your allocated worker will remain a link and a support for you, but the young person will also have a worker providing support and advice to them.
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