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The application and assessment process FAQs

How do I apply to be a foster carer?

Applying to become a foster carer starts with a phone call to our fostering enquiry line on 0800 434 6000. One of our dedicated fostering advisors will talk you through the process and the steps you’ll need to take to begin your application.

How long does the fostering application take?

The length of the application process can vary, but it normally takes around 4 to 6 months. We’ll guide you through every step of your journey and keep in regular contact with you throughout the process.

Does it cost me anything to apply?

No. It is free to apply to be a foster carer – bags of enthusiasm and dedication are all you need!

What does the application process involve?

Applying to become a foster carer involves a number of steps and starts when you contact us.

We’ll have a chat to you about fostering and arrange for one of our fostering advisors to visit you at home to talk to you in more detail. If you decide you’d like to apply to foster with us, we’ll help you to begin the application process. Read more about what’s involved.

Can I apply to be a foster carer online?

You can’t apply to be a foster carer online but you can call us on 0800 434 6000, request a call back or talk to a fostering advisor on live chat before beginning the application process.

Who will be assessing me?

When you start the application process, we’ll allocate you an assessing social worker. They’ll be your main point of contact throughout your journey and will work with you to complete an in-depth report called a Form F. This will then be presented to a fostering panel, who will make a decision about your suitability to foster.

What if I’m already a foster carer and wish to transfer?

Transferring to us is easier than you may think. We’ll support you every step of the way and work with you, your existing agency and local authority to minimise the impact on any foster children currently in your care. Find out more about transferring to us.

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.

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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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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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:

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
  • 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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