Fostering Application Process

The process of becoming an everyday heroes can be broken down into the following simple steps…


1. You get in touch

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 fostering involves and to find out more about you and your circumstances. They'll then 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.

4. Assessment

One of our social workers will contact you when you're ready to start your assessment and arrange dates when you're available for them to visit you. 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 social worker. The panel will make a recommendation to the manager of Parallel Parents so that a final decision can be made about you being a foster carer.


6. You are an approved foster carer

When you have been approved your fostering journey begins! Your social worker will link with you to find the right child for you to foster. They will carry on training and supporting you 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.

Call us anytime on 0800 023 4450

Take the first step towards becoming a foster carer today
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Parallel Parents

Head Office: 2nd Floor Lansdowne House,
85 Buxton Road, Stockport, SK2 6LR

0800 023 4450