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How to become a foster parent

Making the decision to become a foster parent doesn’t happen overnight, but when you do choose to foster with us, you can rely on our support throughout the process.

You’ll complete six stages in your journey to become a foster parent. Depending on your circumstances, the process can take between 4 and 6 months. Although this may sound like a long time, it’s crucial that you’re given all the information you need, know exactly what to expect and understand what fostering means for your family.

During this time, we’ll get to know you and your family and consider the best types of placement for you. This ensures that we can offer you the training and support you need to succeed in your role.

1Enquire

You can register your interest in becoming  a foster parent with Foster Care Associates by calling us on 0800 434 6000 or completing our short enquiry form. We will talk to you about fostering and answer any questions you may have.

2Home visit

A fostering advisor will visit your home to give you more information, answer your questions and explain how we work and what we do to support our foster carers. Hopefully, we’ll then be able to send you an application form.

3Fostering assessment

Once you’ve formally applied, one of our social workers will be in touch to start your fostering assessment. They’ll visit your home between 8 and 10 times to collect information about you, your family and any skills and experience you have that will help you with fostering. This information will be put together in a report called a Form F.

4Preparation training

You’ll be invited to attend a four day preparation course that will give you a full understanding of the fostering role and get you thinking about how you would react to some of the situations you may find yourself in as a foster carer.

5Fostering panel

After your assessment has been completed, we’ll present your information to a fostering panel. The panel will then make a recommendation to a Foster Care Associates manager, who will make the final decision about whether or not you can be approved as a foster parent.

6Fostering with us

Once you have been approved, your fostering career with us will begin! We’ll actively promote your skills to the local authority and match a child to both your experience and any preferences you have. We’ll be there for you every step of the way throughout your fostering career.

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.

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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.
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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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