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What's the Process for Becoming a Foster Carer?

There are a number of steps involved in becoming a foster carer. We help guide you every step of the way.

STEP ONE | Right Decision

For most people, the first step in the fostering process is to call or email us with your questions.
We're here to help, so please get in touch for an informal chat (there’s no pressure or obligation).

STEP TWO | Assessment Process

After you decide to apply to become a foster carer, you're assigned a social worker who supports you for an assessment period of up to 6 months.

You'll have training sessions, and your social worker will conduct formal checks and identify any areas where we can develop your skills. At the end of this period, your application will go before a fostering panel for approval.

We really wish the process of becoming a foster carer wasn't called an assessment process, because it’s nothing to be worried or anxious about. There are no exams or essays or grades, and there are no right or wrong answers.

Yes, it's a rigorous process – it needs to be because we’re talking about children's wellbeing. We have a duty to them to carry out checks, learn as much as we can about you and help you be a wonderful foster carer.

So when you're thinking about becoming a foster carer, remember that this 'assessment' process is really a 2-way learning experience – you're learning about fostering as much as we're learning about you.

STEP THREE | Approval & Placement

Once you're approved as a foster carer, you’re eligible for a placement immediately. We move things forward quickly at this point.
You're assigned a supervising social worker who helps you decide on the most suitable placement type and works to find you a match.

STEP 4 | Ongoing Training & Support

You get comprehensive support throughout the assessment process, and that continues once you're approved.

We're here to help you at all times with regular visits, excellent out-of-hours contact, training and the opportunity to make friends with other foster carers.

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Anne Dewhurst
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