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What is the process to become a Foster Carer?

The first step is where you are now. Why not register an interest with us by completing our initial enquiry form so we can get in touch to provide you with some more information, or feel free to give us a call for a chat.

The process of being assessed usual takes around 3-4 months. It involves one of our social workers getting to know you and your family and finding out more about you.

Alongside visits from our social worker, with your consent we undertake checks with the police, Local Authority and other agencies.

We will seek references from people who know you well and can comment on your suitability to foster. We will also pay for you to have a full medical check-up with your GP.

You will be invited to attend a training course called ‘The Skills to Foster’ which is very informative and provides you with all the information you need to know about becoming a foster carer. It also forms part of the assessment.

When the assessment is completed, the information will be presented to our Fostering Panel where a recommendation will be made.

Once you are approved as a foster carer, you will have your own supervising social worker from People Who Foster who you will be in regular contact with.

They will be there to support you throughout your fostering journey and offer you advice and assistance when needed.