After the protocol meeting discussed above, the local authority will make their in principle decision about whether the transfer can go ahead. It is in principle because the final decision about the transfer once the local authority is in agreement, lies with the agency where you are transferring to. Just as when you first became a foster carer, the transfer assessment has to go through the agency’s independent panel process. Once panel are happy to recommend approval, the final decision will go to the Agency Decision Maker after the Panel meeting