How does the fostering process work?
Find out how to become a foster parent with Fostering People.
Make an enquiry
Your fostering journey starts when you pick up the phone to chat to us. We’ll answer your questions and tell you more about us, so you know what’s involved and exactly what to expect.
We’ll visit you at home to meet you in person. If we both agree the time’s right for you to become a foster parent, we’ll ask you to fill in an application form.
It’s now time for you to attend our pre-approval training course. Our training will equip you with everything you need to become a great foster parent – and there’s not an exam in sight!
It’s a great way to get to know other applicants.
You’ll gain a better understanding of what being a foster carer involves and have the chance to talk to foster parents and professionals in a relaxed, laid back environment.
Complete your assessment
Your dedicated social worker will complete a home study.
They’ll visit you at home between 8 and 10 times to collect information about you, your family and your experiences. After gathering everything they need, your social worker will then prepare an in-depth report called a Form F.
Your social worker will give your Form F to a group of people with professional and personal experience of fostering. We call this group a fostering panel.
The fostering panel will read your Form F carefully and then invite you to meet them and talk about your application. They’ll make a recommendation to our Director, John Platt, about your suitability to foster a child. John will then make the final decision to approve you as a foster carer.
Your first placement begins
Congratulations – you’re now an approved foster carer! We’ll start the process of matching you with a foster child straight away.
The length of time between getting approved and having your first fostering placement varies, but normally takes no more than 1-2 months.
And don’t forget, throughout your application to become a foster parent, we offer our step-by-step promise.