Once you have decided to become a foster carer you can follow our step by step guide to help you on your journey. On average it takes around 6 months to become a foster carer but this can vary depending on your individual circumstances.
If you have any questions about the process or anything else, please get in touch.
Our open evenings are a great way to find out more information and talk to other like minded people. You don't have to book and can attend as many as you need. We always advertise events on our Facebook page.Find out about the next Fostering Information Events
A social worker will visit you at home to talk to you in more depth about the assessment process and how fostering will fit in with your family and lifestyle. Within 7 days of your visit, we'll contact you to let you know if we think you're suitable to become a foster carer. If so, we'll send you an application form to complete and return to us.Contact the Fostering Service
This is an introductory training course designed to give you an understanding of what foster caring is all about. The course takes place over 3 days and is facilitated by staff from our Fostering team and experienced foster carers.
We will arrange this for you after your home visit.
You'll have a number of visits to your home by a social worker to undertake your fostering assessment. These visits will involve learning more about your family and answering any additional questions you might have about fostering.
The assessment takes approximately 4 months to complete and will involve meeting with people in your network who can tell us what you are like caring for children as well as meeting with any children you have and undertaking a range of checks.
This is just to ensure that the people we approve as foster carers are safe people to care for children. People tell us that they really enjoy their assessment as it gives them a chance to talk about their lives in a way they don’t often get the chance to. The assessment gets written up into a report which you will see and can add to.
Once your assessment has been completed, the report is presented to the Fostering Panel. The panel includes care experienced people, foster carers and other professionals from education and health. You will be encouraged to attend the meeting. The panel are all very welcoming and will ask you some questions about your application. You will be told their recommendation at the end of the meeting.
If you are approved you will become a registered Foster Carer and will await your first placement. You will be given a welcome pack by your fostering worker who will also talk to you about the support you will receive from us.