The Fostering Process

Reaching out to us

The first step here is you reaching out to confirm your interest in begining the fostering process.
You can send us an email or give us a call to schedule an appointment to have a chat.

A call on the phone

Once you enquire, we’ll setup a quick phone call to discuss your situation. We’ll ask you about your personal circumstances and how fostering might work given your situation.
This is an very informal call that will give a better idea about whether fostering is the right thing for you. It's the ideal time to ask any questions

An in-person visit

We will visit you in person to discuss the next steps. It's an opportunity for us to get to know you a bit better, and for you to ask more questions.
After this visit, we’ll decide together what happens next.

Completing the application form

The next step is to fill in an application form - this forms the basis of your assessment to become a foster carer.

Foster training course

All our foster carers are asked to come to a Foster course. The training covers the essentials, helps you prepare for fostering, and raises questions that we’ll talk about during the assessment.

The fostering assessment

It may take between four to six months as part of the application process. You’ll get regular visits from a social worker who’ll assess your ability to be a foster carer.
There are standard checks to go through, too, including a police check (DBS in England) and a medical assessment.
We’ll also need references from people who have known you for three years, and a current or past employer.

Approval to become a foster carer

Your assessment will be presented to a panel who’ll make a recommendation about your suitability to foster.
Once this is done, we’ll ask for approval from our agency decision-maker. Next we will look into matching you and a child in the area as soon as your application has been approved.

Contact Us today if you are looking to begin your fostering journey.