We are responsible for making sure that people who apply to become foster or adoptive carers are able to take on the task in hand. This is done through an assessment process which enables the worker to evidence the skills your family has to provide the type of care our children require. We also ask the applicants themselves to be actively involved in this process. When the assessment is completed, a report is written and presented to the Approval and Matching Panel for recommendation and the decision is made by Head of Service Children and Families. We would normally aim to complete an application within 6 months. Once carers are approved, they are required to sign a Carer’s Agreement which stipulates the responsibilities of the Carer and the Authority.