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Fostering placement FAQs

Can I choose the kind of fostering placement I have?

Yes, you can give us a preference. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that you’ll need to be willing to take on teenagers as well as younger children if you want continuous fostering placements, as many of the children referred to us are over the age of 11.

How long after I’m approved as a foster carer will I receive a placement?

The time in between getting approved and having your first placement will vary from carer to carer. You can begin taking placements right away, but we’ll always try and match you with the best possible fit based on your approval criteria and preferences.

How long do fostering placements last?

It isn’t always possible to know exactly how long a child will stay with you, as this depends on the placement type and the child’s individual circumstances. It could be anything from a few days to weeks, months or even years.

Our guide to different types of fostering placements will give you a good idea of what to expect when it comes to the length of placements.

Will I be able to meet the child before the placement begins?

When planning placements, we always try to arrange for our carers to meet the child or children they’ll be caring for.

However, this isn’t always possible, especially if a child is placed in an emergency. When this happens, we’ll try to give you as much information as we can when we discuss the potential placement with you.

How can we help?

Ready to start fostering a child or young person? Or just want a bit more information to help you decide whether fostering is for you? All you need to do is contact us.

  • Why do we need this? So we can email you a brochure.
  • Why do we need this? We appreciate that starting to foster is a big decision that needs careful consideration and you are likely to have questions. We’d like to help answer those questions.
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Phone us

Call us on 0800 434 6000 (lines open Monday - Friday: 9am - 8pm)

Fostering a child or young person is a big decision so we're here to answer any questions you may have. Our friendly fostering advisors, many of whom are carers themselves, can talk you through everything you need to know about becoming a foster carer.

For all other general enquiries, please call 0800 085 225.

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  • Why do we need this? So we can email you a brochure.
  • Why do we need this? We appreciate that starting to foster is a big decision that needs careful consideration and you are likely to have questions. We’d like to help answer those questions.
  • Please enter your postcode to see news and events in you area
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Phone us

Call us on 0800 434 6000 (lines open Monday - Friday: 9am - 8pm)

Fostering a child or young person is a big decision so we,re here to answer any questions you may have. Our friendly fostering advisors, many of whom are carers themselves, can talk you through everything you need to know about becoming a foster carer.

For all other general enquiries, please call 0800 085 225.

Call me back

Haven't got time to chat now? Leave your details and we'll call you back at a time that suits you:

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