Dear Mum of three,
Welcome to the Friends and family carers board. I am glad to hear that you have passed the viability assessment. Children services will now be carrying out stage 2 of the assessment.
Irene’s post covers all aspects of being a referee in detail and I do not have anything further to add. However, you may find our advice sheet about fostering assessments
helpful. Please see page 8 about references.
Please see page 56 about SGO assessments in our advice sheet about special guardianship orders
This advice sheet is also useful because it sets out how to ask assessment for support and what support might be available to help you look after the child. For example, you could be ask to be assessed for the means tested allowance, help with contact arrangements, and therapeutic support for you, the child and the parents. You may also be get help towards your legal fees.
Good luck with the rest of the assessment. Please post back if you have any questions.