Before your family is ‘approved’ to foster, you will go through a period of preparation. Your parent(s) will go through what is known as an assessment, to check that they are able to look after children properly. This can e annoying and you might not think it is necessary. But remember, the social workers do not know your family and they have to make sure any child that comes to live with you will be well looked after.
You should receive some sort of training during this time, to let you know a little bit more about what to expect before the first fostered child comes to stay. If you don’t get this, don’t be afraid to ask.