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Guide: Resources and Forms


What to do if you decide to stop fostering

Where Carers decide to withdraw from fostering, for example due to retirement or changes in personal circumstances, this should be put in writing to their local Practice Manager. The letter will be presented to the Foster Care Panel along with a brief report from the Link Social Worker. A formal letter of closure of de-registration will be sent confirming that they are no longer Foster Carers.

Where Social Services has reason to de-register Carers against their wishes, the Carers should be given full details as to why in the form of a report to the Foster Care Panel. Carers can provide their own report to the panel, and can attend the panel and bring someone to support them if they wish.

Following the panel’s recommendation to de-register a Carer, the agency decision maker will either endorse or overturn the recommendation and the Carers will receive a letter detailing the reason for the decision.

If Carers are not satisfied with the outcome they have a right to appeal to the panel for a review of the decision. A further recommendation will then be made to the agency decision maker.