Becoming a Foster Carer
The application process explained
So you’ve made the decision to become a foster carer. How do you go about it?
Here we explain the steps to becoming a Foster Carers with Family Fostering.
Contact us on 0800 024 6125 or 01843 598 647 or complete our web form to make an initial enquiry about fostering with us.
We will contact you by telephone to have an initial telephone discussion.
An information pack and an application form are sent out to you.
We will come and visit you at home and answer any questions you may have.
Once you’ve made the decision to become a foster carer, you can proceed to application stage.
Complete and return the application form.
We send you a consent form to sign and return. Stage 1 of the Assessment begins.
Your statutory checks/references are processed.
You are booked onto a ‘Skills to Foster’ training course.
Your Assessing Social Worker contacts you and arranges another home visit.
Your Assessing Social Worker visits and interviews your referees
Checks and references are verified and the decision to continue to Stage 2 of the Assessment.
Your Assessing Social Worker completes visits with you and household members
Your Form F is completed and given to you to check, add your comments and sign.
We invite you to panel and send you a panel guide
Panel makes a recommendation and you will be informed.
The Agency Decision Maker makes a decision.
As soon as our decision has been made, we’ll let you know you’ve been approved.