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Initial Home Visit

Initial Home Visit

Once the telephone screening has been completed, we will like to book an initial visit with you. This is a meeting that will be completed at your home and conducted by one of our recruitment officers or social workers. The duration of the initial visit can vary, however, the more information you give us, the easier the application process will be.

Don’t be nervous, as it is simply an informal conversation just to gather some initial information and to see the suitability of your home to determine if you can proceed further with the assessment. It is the perfect opportunity for you to ask all your questions and to decide whether Fostering with Sunbeam is right for you. It is also a chance for us to tell you all about Sunbeam, the support we offer and the training we deliver throughout your fostering career.

The initial visit is really important for both yourself as an applicant and for Sunbeam. Not only do we want to ask you questions, but we want you to ask us as many questions as you like. We will also need to view your house and the bedroom you propose for fostering. The bedroom should look presentable and ideally no outstanding decorating or refurbishing to be completed. If you do intend to make arrangements for swapping bedrooms around, please discuss this with the family members it will impact directly and make sure it is ok to do so. The spare bedroom can either be a single or double bedroom. If the room is a single, all we ask is that it is big enough for a wardrobe, a desk and additional floor space for other possible belongings. Ask yourself, would you sleep in this room or let your own child have this bedroom in regards to space and furniture.

In addition, your home should be presentable and tidy at the time of the visit. It should appear as if you were going to foster a child tomorrow as this gives us a real insight into what your fostering household will look like. It would be great to meet other family members, especially partners and older children who may be a part of your support network.

At the time of the initial visit, we will give you some documents to read through and an application form for you to complete. If you feel ready and happy to move forward to Sunbeam, we will be thrilled to receive your completed application. We will then be able to give you a decision on whether you will be proceeding with your Form F assessment.

We hope you have more of an understanding of what your initial home visit will involve. However, if you have any questions or would like to enquire to become a foster carer, please contact us on 0208 799 0930.

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Testimonials

This job is probably one of my favourites. Every day is different, every day has new challenges and every day has new rewards. It’s not always easy but each challenge you go through with the child bonds you and makes you both stronger for each other.

Foster Carer
Foster Carer

We have been fostering for the last 8 years and feel proud to be a part of the Sunbeam family. At the beginning, we thought it’s a tough job, but the skills to foster initial training and the whole assessment procedure to become a carer was interesting, and it gave us both a broad insight into both the tough and rewarding side of what we were likely to encounter.

Hannah and Kashif
Hannah and Kashif

“Fostering is a rewarding experience as it allows you to actually make a difference for a child/young person. I feel happy being able to make such a difference whether it is for one day or several years.”

Asma
Asma

“When they told me that I had been approved for fostering, well I just cried. I was an emotional wreck and was so happy that I just couldn’t hold back my very, very, happy tears.”

Karen Thorn
Karen Thorn