Fostering Panel

Devotedgrandma
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Fostering Panel

Postby Devotedgrandma » Tue Jun 14, 2016 8:12 pm

Hi, update, our assessments is nearly completed and assessor said everything is looking positive and no reason grandson won't be coming to us, she said she will be looking to book us onto panel beginning of July, she said that she wouldn't put us to panel if she didn't expect positive result, however is this true, also she has to submit ipapers to court regarding this by end of this month, does the judge always agree with her assessment and what will happen next

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Re: Fostering Panel

Postby ied53 » Tue Jun 14, 2016 9:18 pm

Fostering panel is not cheap to hold. Unlikely to send you to panel if they don't feel you have a every chance of success. They are independent and they will ask there own questions mainly to hear it from you. This is very positive.
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Re: Fostering Panel

Postby Suzie, FRG Adviser » Wed Jun 15, 2016 9:58 am

Dear Devotedgrandma,

I am glad that the assessment is going so well and you must be very relieved.

Fostering panel

Irene is right to say that the social worker wouldn’t take the assessment of you to the fostering panel if she did not think you would be successful. Here is some more information about the
fostering panel


Court proceedings

The court and all the party’s (children services, the parents and the cafcass guardian and anyone else who may have been made a party to the proceedings) will get a copy of the assessment of you.)
The assessment document will go with all the statements and reports into the court bundle.
Sometimes one of the partys or the judge might want further clarification about some of the information in the assessment but these questions are likely to be directed at the social worker in the first instance.
The assessment follows a standard form so that really all the important matters should be covered but sometimes details are missed.
Ask for a copy of the assessment, before it goes to panel just to ensure that everything is accurate. If there are any factual errors or information missing you can raise it with the social worker. It is easier to amend the assessment now rather than later on.

If you have any questions, please post back.

Best wishes Suzie

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Re: Fostering Panel

Postby Devotedgrandma » Sun Jun 19, 2016 7:41 pm

Thankyou all for your reply, I am just so scared, we are our grandsons only chance as far as we are aware, courts did ask about anyone else but there's only paternal grandma who has never met my grandson or his mum and biological dad never met child or wanted anything to do with grandson unfortunately he was only 1 night stand. Will we have to attend court when papers etc are presented as nobody giving us answers, is the result totally dependent on panel or can judge etc refuse. Our assessor said eventhiugh there have been issues in past with brining up our stepdaughter they can see we all worked things out and assessment is positive as is viability. I just wish I had something positive to look on as so scared.

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Re: Fostering Panel

Postby ied53 » Sun Jun 19, 2016 11:21 pm

You should be asked to attend the fostering panel as they may want to ask you things. but not when the papers are presented.
we were asked things like aspirations for the future?
How did we see things in a few years time?
Do we feel we can cope with 2 very young children?
What support would we have and where would you go for advice ?
and the big one to hubby ......
does having girls in the house make you feel pink and fluffy inside . The panel are human .
Irene

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Re: Fostering Panel

Postby Devotedgrandma » Sat Jul 09, 2016 3:55 pm

Hi. I am so worried. Our assessment is complete and assessor dtill says it's positive and awaiting panel.date,however just seen latest contact reports and I feel this will be bad for us as contact worker says we don't set bounderies for grandchild re behaviour. He's not naughty just silly and sometimes will spit his food out but as I've explained to SS the worker jumps in before we can and will be awkward her telling him and us, also he likes to be in his bedroom here but on one occasion we encourage him to cone downstairs and play this was only because felt we couldn't stay up there with worker stood on landing. Will the courts see this badly

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Re: Fostering Panel

Postby ied53 » Sat Jul 09, 2016 7:02 pm

At contact the worker should only step in if something is unsafe for the child. They are not there as a parenting advisor or as a trainer for you. It is not wise to make mountains out of molehills and you are establishing your relationship. Focussing on the positives and ignoring the negatives are good parenting skills. The child is establishing himself with you and too much firmness has a negative impact. Can you see where I am coming from? If questioned on parenting talk about boundaries ( what one finds acceptable others will not) talk about ignoring "poor" behaviour in order to focus on and reinforcing the good. A child cannot be made to behave they need encouragement . Discipline comes in many forms it is a guidance system of encouragement and reinforcement not always correction.
In order to allay your fears stuff the contact worker have an answer for all questions. Never be afraid to say you will seek help as that is always a positive. Parents don't come ready trained we learn as we go on. Carers for damaged children are all just doing the best we can . Boundaries are needed so the child has something to kick against they need to be firm but never rigid. No it won't affect the panel the members are human and looking for positive. I have every faith you will be fine.
Irene

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Re: Fostering Panel

Postby Devotedgrandma » Sat Jul 09, 2016 8:23 pm

I just feel,that everything we do is wrong, we encourage good manners however they're are times he is silly when eating etc but as say contact worker alway comments first. Even we seem to be wrong saying we'll play downstairs rather than CW stood upstairs.Just wish I had someone to talk to

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Re: Fostering Panel

Postby Suzie, FRG Adviser » Tue Jul 12, 2016 11:04 am

Hi Devotedgrandma

How are things going? Any news yet on a panel date?

Hope all is continuing to go smoothly.

Suzie

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Re: Fostering Panel

Postby Devotedgrandma » Thu Jul 21, 2016 8:32 pm

Hi, no news on panel date still, assessor says paperwork with foster team but wish they'd hurry and get us to panel, also grandchild guardian from court wants to observe our contact is this normal as its another person who will be at contact aswell as contact worker and worry in case grandson begins to feel anxious as other professionals are at our home for contact


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