We were due to start our foster prep course today, but it was not what we expected at all and i'm feeling so disappointed and fed up now.
We got there this morning for a 10am start, the first thing they had us do was all right out a sticky label with our names on.
We all had to wait in the reception until everyone had arrived, there must have been 30 of us!
We were all then ushered into this tiny room, where the chairs were all around the edge of the room forming a circle. There were so many of us that all the doors were blocked with chairs (very claustraphobic)
The social worker said a very short introduction and then made us all go round the group introducing ourselves, and stating how many children we want to foster?!? What sort of question is that? Surely it would depend on individual sibling groups/how much space we have at that time, how can we answer that question.
Dh and I felt very uncomfortable and under pressure, that we spoke to the social worker and said we didn't want to stay for the day (course was 10-4) and that I'll phone him to talk it through.
Basically, I feel so let down by the way the course was organised, the way they expected us all to feel comfortable talking about our own personal reasons for fostering etc.
Surely just because we're quiet when in large groups, that doesn't mean that we wouldn't make good foster carers. We're fine in smaller groups, but don't do well having to 'open up' in front of large groups. This has really knocked my confidence
One of the private agencies we had considered fostering with, were going to do our prep course at home, i'm wondering whether contacting them, and going through them would be better.