Fostering Application Process
The process of becoming a foster carer can be broken down into the following simple steps.
1. Talk to us
When you get in touch with us we'll chat about your interest in becoming a foster carer, complete a short enquiry form, and answer any questions you have. You can get in touch with us here.
2. Home visit
One of our fostering advisors will visit you in your home to explain what being a foster carer involves and to find out more about you and your circumstances. They'll help you complete an application pack so your enquiry can be taken to the next stage.
3. References & Training
In order to get to know more about you and your family we request references from your friends, family and employers. We also request criminal record checks, Local Authority checks and ask you to have a medical assessment. You'll be invited to our Skills to Foster training which help you to prepare practically for being a foster carer.
Your fostering advisor will contact you when you're ready to start your assessment and arrange a date to suit you and visit. The assessment is a report written about you and your family, your life experiences, and your skills which will help you as a foster carer.
5. Fostering Panel
When your assessment is completed it will be presented to the fostering panel by your fostering advisor. The panel will make a recommendation to the manager of Parallel Parents and a final decision will be made about you being a foster carer.
6. You become an approved foster carer!
When you have been approved your fostering journey begins! Your fostering advisor will link with you to find the right child for you to foster. They will carry on training and supporting you throughout your journey and will be with you every step of the way.
How long does it take to become a foster carer?
The process of becoming a foster carer usually takes 4 - 6 months.
In this time we'll get to know you really well so that when you are approved we know what type of foster children will fit in best with you and your family.
Having this time also allows you to reflect on how fostering is going to impact you and your family. You'll be invited to attend Skills to Foster training to help you practically prepare for your role as a foster carer too.