The FB STEP group is a new on-line community for approved Early Permanence (EP) carers (people who are interested in or have adopted under Fostering to Adopt Regulations) in the South West area and their friends and family. This EP support resource is supported by CCS Adoption and is offered in addition to the physical STEP groups that it already holds at its offices in Bristol and the EP Network Support List is disseminates and updates. We know that being an EP/F2A carer brings with it a unique set of rewards and challenges and so the aim of the group is to give EP carers opportunities to connect with each other, ask questions, share experiences and support each other through the many ups and downs.
How to join the closed EP Facebook STEP Group
Firstly you need to have been approved (or recommended) at panel for EP/F2A and to have a Facebook profile. You can use your current Facebook profile or set up another that you use to just access the group. It is up to you. Remember that the group is closed and secret, no one can find it by searching for it on Facebook and the only way to be on it is to receive an invite from one of the moderators (see instructions below). Anyone applying to join will be verified as an EP/F2A carer by the CCS EP Project Manager, Lindy Wootton, before an invite is sent out to them. You can therefore be sure that the site is safe and confidential.
If you wish to join please follow the steps below:
Step 1 Send a FB friend request to one of the moderators
- Kate Rainflower
- Christine Moonflower
- Katy Starflower
Each of the moderators has a picture of a teddy bear as their profile picture to help you recognise them and you can search for them on Facebook
Step 2 Follow up this friend request with a private message to them stating
- Your wish to join the Facebook STEP group
- Your Full Name
- Which Adoption Agency you are with
With these facts we will be able to verify you as an EP carer and send you an invite to join the group.
Step 3 When you have received the invite to join the FB STEP group you will receive a Welcome Post which will ask you to read the rules and Guidelines for the group. Please read these and then private message the moderator you receive the invite from to confirm you have done this and agree to abide by them.
If you have any questions about joining the group please contact Lindy Wootton firstname.lastname@example.org Tel 0117 9350005 who will try and help.