All foster carers have every right to foster through the agency of their choice and AFA therefore welcomes enquiries from experienced foster carers.
The Fostering Services Regulations (2011) state foster carers can only be approved by one agency at a time. In order to facilitate this, a protocol for the transfer of carers between agencies has been agreed between Fostering Network, the Joint Forum of Independent Providers and the Association of Directors of Social Services.
With AFA the children and young people always comes first. The Transfer Protocol is designed to guarantee that each child either remains unaffected or will receive greater benefit when a carer chooses to transfer to a different agency. A protocol meeting is held to ensure that transfers between agencies are carried out in a way that will not impact on the child in placement. Any children in placement will therefore transfer with you to your new approving agency where it is in their best interest.
AFA will also ensure that in your work as a carer you will receive at least the same levels of support, both professionally and financially, to enable you to provide high quality care to the children in placement with you.
“We would like to thank AFA for the great support we received from them during the transfer process. We were anxious about the process of transferring from one agency to another and especially anxious that our foster children remained unaffected by the process. AFA introduced us to the Fostering Network Transfer Protocol and then supported us all the way through the process. They were thorough and professional throughout and we felt so well supported as we now do as foster carers for AFA. AFA made it easy for us and our foster children.” Jan and Tony