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Assessments for Child Adoption & Fostering Agencies

As leading pet behaviour experts in the field, full members of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) have been called upon by a number of child adoption and fostering agencies to assess the animals of potential adoptive parents or foster carers. This demand has resulted in the development of a standard protocol by the APBC, which is implemented by a registered network of participating APBC members. The service is designed primarily for dogs, but may also be applied to other animals.

As a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC), and as a registered participant for this service, I am able to assess the behaviour, temperament and associated risks regarding animals whose owners are applying to foster or adopt a child.  I then prepare a comprehensive report which is sent to the social work department or child agency, who can then present this to the court.

The assessment process involves:

  • A home visit lasting approximately 2.5 hours

 A report is then sent to the agency requesting the assessment, to include:

  • Owner experience and relationship with the animal(s)
  • Exposure and behaviour in social situations, training background and health issues
  • Practical home considerations
  • Temperament and behaviour with household members, visitors, general public and children of various age groups
  • A professional opinion on any risks these animals present to children; including to children with social, emotional and/or behavioural difficulties
  • Advice regarding the introduction of children and animals


The cost for this service is £285 based on a single dog, plus travel fees incurred. Please contact me for a quote for other species or for multi-dog households.