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How to become a Foster Parent

You can Foster regardless of your marital status, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexuality, or whether you are a homeowner, renting, a parent or a non-parent. As long as you have a spare bedroom for a child to call their own and the emotional capacity and practical availability to support and nurture a child - then you could Foster.


Once you choose to Foster, our friendly team will be there to support and guide you every step of the way. Many of our support team and managers have Fostered themselves, so they know exactly what it’s like to go through the assessment and approval process as well as manage the day-to-day challenges and rewards of Fostering.  

Stages to become a Foster Parent

You'll complete five stages in your journey to become a Foster Parent. On average it takes around 4 months (16 weeks) from submitting your application to being approved as a Foster Parent.

Stage 1: Get in Touch
Application Process: Get in Contact

Once you have completed a contact form we will be in touch for an informal chat. So you can learn more about us and we can get to know you. We'll answer any questions you have and help you decide if fostering is really for you.

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Stage 2: Initial visit
Application Process: Initial Visit

Once we have had a chat, answered any questions you have and discussed your current situation, we will book a time with you for us to complete an 'Initial Home Visit'. This will also include a view of your home and potential fostering bedroom and a chat with all permanent members of the household.

Stage 3: Apply to Foster
Application Process: Apply to Foster

Fostering is sensitive work, so you won't be surprised to learn that the application form is thorough. There is information that we need to gather from you by law, and some information we need to understand to allow us to decide if you are suited to Fostering. All of your personal details will be respected and kept confidential.

Stage 4: Fostering Assessment
Application Process: Assessment

We appoint an Independent Social Worker (ISW) to carry out your Fostering Assessment. This element usually involves around 8-10 visits to your home by the ISW over a course of 2-4 months.

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Stage 5: Panel and Approval
Application Process: Panel and Approval

Your assessment report will be presented to our Fostering Panel (which consists of a variety of independent individuals with Fostering, education and other relevant backgrounds and experiences.

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 Download Children's Guides

Our Childrens Guides have has been produced with the help of our young people and are given to children as soon as they come into into our care.

My Fostering Guide - for ages 11 years and under

My Fostering Guide - for ages 12+





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