Becoming a Foster Parent
The recruitment of foster parents is carried out carefully and involves a two-month process. Most foster parents are referred to Nairn Family Homes by other foster parents. With this referral, an application form is given which provides recruiting officers with basic demographic information. An interview is then carried out. Through this, a feeling is gleaned for the motivation and level of commitment to be brought by the prospective foster parents to the task of fostering.
A Foster Parent Test is then administered individually to the male and female respectively. This is a scientific questionnaire which was developed by researchers in the United States. If the prospective foster parents achieve a reasonable score level, a full Home Study is completed.
From this stage a fire inspection is carried out, a police check is done, and the Ministry of Community and Social Services becomes involved. At this point, the prospective foster parents are ready for orientation, which takes the form of self-study as well as attendance at our In-service Training Meetings. This added component assists us in our efforts to properly 'fit' the right child into the family situation.