It takes around 4-6 months to fully qualify as a foster carer, and throughout the process we’ll make sure you have all the information, training and support that you need. This is how the process works:
Register your interest in fostering with us by filling in our contact form or calling us – we’ll talk to you about fostering and answer any questions you may have.
- Home visit
A fostering advisor will visit your home to give you more information, answer your questions and explain how we work. Hopefully, we’ll then be able to send you an application form.
- Fostering assessment
Once you’ve filled in your application form, our social workers start your assessment. They’ll visit your home 8-10 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.
- Preparation training
A four day preparation course that will give you a full understanding of a foster carer’s role and get you thinking about how you would react to some of the situations you may find yourself in.
- Fostering panel
Once your assessment is complete, 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 carer.
- Fostering 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.