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Long term foster or SGO?

(6 Posts)
Shouldidothisforthem Sun 12-Mar-17 19:55:29

I've nc for this to protect all.

I've been asked by SS to consider looking after siblings.
We are related in a non direct way, they have no biological connection to me.
I'm just confused about the difference between SGO and fostering. Their father is not in the picture and the dm has severe MH issues. She has lost PR but still wants visitation.
Will I get support from SS either way?
Will I have to supervise the visits with dm if I go for SGO?
Will I get financial assistance?
SS are reluctant to answer my questions of practicality regarding care/finance.
Different borough to me if that helps.

nicenewone1 Sun 12-Mar-17 21:21:15

Certainly in my la an sgo allowance is substantially less than the allowance for fostering

I couldn't afford to do the sgo.

Claramarion Sun 12-Mar-17 22:13:20

Ss will be pushing guardianship as they will then give you less of an allowance and less support.

Shouldidothisforthem Mon 13-Mar-17 06:37:11

Thanks for your replies.
I thought that's why they were pushing the SGO so hard! SS were saying "kids won't have to go into temp foster, they'll come straight to you". It just seemed a bit rushed.
I posted this to make sure I wasn't being cynical, seems to know my gut was right!
I'll hold out for foster then.
Is it a much more involved assessment? Or, yet again, are SS fibbing?

Claramarion Mon 13-Mar-17 21:08:35

The sw are being truthful in regards to he assessment took us six months but I do believe they can fast track this if the children are to be placed with you and need a home immediately. Don't let them push you around as you are also given more support with fostering

Shouldidothisforthem Mon 13-Mar-17 22:30:41

Thanks Clara,
I will need support, not so much with the kids but with their mum.
I don't have any experience of dealing with such severe mh issues.

I will hold out for fostering.

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