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 four and six 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.