• vivdoolan

An introduction to fostering

Hi there, my name is Viv Doolan and I am the Director of Interbright.

Interbright provides free independent advice for people who are interested in becoming Foster Carers. As well as answering any queries and questions you have in respect of fostering, we can also let you know if you meet the initial criteria to move on to a home visit.

As we are an independent service, we can also source and recommend the best fostering organisation should you wish to proceed to have a home visit.

How Interbright came about:

My background is in the Fostering sector. I was previously an Assessing Social Worker, Skills to Foster Trainer, Supervising Social Worker and Independent Reviewing Officer for many years, across a number of different organisations, prior to starting Interbright in 2016.

Having worked at the coal face for so many years I encountered many children coming into the care system. Due to shortages of Foster Carers, I became aware of children being placed outside of their county, separated from their siblings due to lack of spaces or placed with families where the matching was not quite right. I saw the knock-on effect of this on the children concerned and decided that this was what I needed to focus on because I knew that this was a nationwide problem. I decided that my role should be to find more Foster Carers with a view to bridging the gap of the 8,000- 10,000 + Foster Carers needed across the country.

My view, based on my experiences and discussions with many Foster Carers over the years, is that many Foster Carer’s choose their fostering organisation not knowing that they could have had a better journey elsewhere. Understandably, people often do not know what to ask or what to look for in their organisation as fostering can be a totally new and unknown world.

I decided I could use my wealth of experience to answer people’s questions, let them know what to look for in a fostering organisation and support them to find the best organisation to foster through and support them on their journey through assessment and beyond. With these plans in mind, Interbright was born.

This is an ambitious project but one that is working. I am pleased to say we have a number of very happy Foster Carers in fostering organisations across England, either as approved Foster Carers or currently going through the process to be approved. Foster Carer’s who have come through us often like to stay in touch and let us know how they are doing which is great.

What’s next?

Do you have any questions about fostering? There is no such thing as a silly question and many are thinking about fostering but are not quite ready. It doesn’t matter ….you can start your enquiries now. The first thing you need to know is that you will need at least one permanently spare bedroom for the fostered child.

We can also let you know if you meet the initial criteria to move onto a home visit.

If you would like to speak to our friendly service please call or text 07780 683885. If you are texting, please advise of the best time/day to call you back.

Let the fostering journey begin !