Adoption and Foster Care Assessments

Assessment and Advice

Ali offers a comprehensive service for both individuals and agencies in the assessment of dogs for the homes of potential adoptive parents or foster carers.  Advice on how to introduce the dog to the children is also included and if required, behavioural advice for any relevant concerns e.g. if the dog jumps up on greeting, how to positively reinforce an alternative behaviour.  On going support for any behaviour or training concerns can also be arranged.   

The assessment process involves:

  • A visit to the home lasting approximately 1-2 hours (often including a short walk to a familiar location)     
  • A report sent to the individual or agency requesting the assessment, to include:

  • The owners experience and relationship with the dogs (s)
  • Previous exposure to and current behaviour in various social situations, training background, and health issues
  • Practical considerations regarding the home environment
  • Temperament of the dog and behaviour with different members of the household, visitors, general public, and children (0-5yrs, 5-10yrs, 10+ years)
  • A professional opinion on the risks the dogs may present to children, particularly children with social, emotional or behavioural difficulties
  • Advice regarding the introduction of the dog(s) to the children