When the Host Family have been approved they are carefully matched with a child or adult. This can happen over a period of time in a variety of ways. Matching plans are decided by the matching panel in consultation (when necessary) with other relevant stakeholders such as the natural family, host family, key workers etc.

The Home Sharing scheme takes into consideration a variety of issues when matching a person with an individual/family such as:

  • The age of the person
  • The level of disability
  • Personalities
  • The host family accommodation i.e. wheelchair accessibility

The timeframe for introduction will be on an individual and person centred basis. Before the short breaks commence an agreement is signed by both families and the service provider.