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How Long Does It Take To Become A foster Carer?

The act of deciding to become a foster carer should never be a split-second decision you’ve made on your way home from a bad day at the office.

Instead, it requires a lot of time and thought. You have to consider the potential impact that becoming a foster carer will have on your life, as well as the life of your family. It’s therefore common for people to spend several weeks or months thinking about their decision to foster.

Although being ready to foster is often a common question asked by many people who enquire with us about the possibility of becoming a foster carer, we also get asked about how long it takes to become a foster carer and what the assessment process usually involves.

As a rule, most applications take between 4-6 months to fully complete, but regardless of the stage your application may be at, you’ll always be supported and guided by our experienced and dedicated team.

The children and young people who we care for will always take precedence, so it’s important we get to know you and family really well over the next few months to ensure that all foster children will be placed with the most suitable foster family, so that their needs and requirements can be met.

We regularly discover that the application process is a great way for prospective foster families to increase their knowledge of fostering and to understand the difference they’ll be making to lives of some of the most at risk children in their local community. As a result, our team of social workers can easily determine which type of foster placement will be most suited to you and your family.

In fact, some of our foster carers who have successfully completed the application have described it as a positive and therapeutic experience.

How your fostering journey will take shape…

Expressing your interest in becoming a foster carer is often the first solid step made on your journey to becoming a foster carer, although it may have taken you a few weeks or months just to get to this point.

Next, it’s extremely beneficial that we get to know each other so we can tell you more about the fostering process, the benefits and the support you’ll receive as a foster carer, as well as gain a good understanding of the types of foster care that will be available to you. It’ll also be a great opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have.

You will then be asked to complete a formal registration form that will allow us to perform a couple of professional background checks, it’s really nothing to get worried about.

Once your formal application has been made you’ll be assigned to a professional social worker who’ll guide you through each stage of the process, where we’ll get to know your family a little bit better and provide you with the highest level of training and support required to become a competent and confident foster carer.

After this has been completed, your assessment will go before a fostering panel for them consider your assessment and to a make recommendation to the foster agency about your ability to become a foster carer.

Think you’re ready to foster? Or, do you need to know a little bit more about the application process? Either way, make sure you get in contact with one of our experienced social workers for some more information.

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