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Parallel Parents is an independent fostering agency rated "outstanding" by Ofsted. We have over 20 years of experience and more than 200 foster carers looking after children and young people. We are a family run agency and believe that our child-focussed approach makes us really stand out from other agencies.

Fostering Application Process

The process of becoming a foster carer can be broken down into the following simple steps.

1. You get in touch

We are always happy to chat to you and answer any questions you have, whether it's our central recruitment team Matt and Hannah, your local social worker, or one of our foster carers. Send us your details or ring us now.   We can answer any questions you have and if appropriate get the ball rolling for you. 

2. Home visit

Once we've had a brief chat your social worker will arrange to come visit you at home, along with one of our existing foster carers.  They will be able to explain what being a foster carer involves and to find out more about you and your circumstances.

3. Application

When you're ready a social worker will help you complete an application pack so your enquiry can be taken to the next stage. 

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4. Assessment & Training

Your social worker will visit you at home over a few weeks to complete the fostering assessment which is a report written about you and your family, your life experiences, and your skills. As part of this we attain references from your friends, family and employers and request criminal record checks, Local Authority checks and ask you to have a medical assessment. You'll also be invited to our Skills to Foster training which is a three day course that helps you to prepare practically for being 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 becoming a foster carer.

6. You become 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. Your social worker will link with you to find the right child for you to foster. They will carry on training you and will be on hand 24/7 to support 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 your Foster Care Development Worker will get to know you really well so that when you are approved they 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.

Take the first step towards becoming a foster carer today!