How to become a foster carer

In this section

  1. How to become a foster carer
  2. Offering short-term respite care to children with disabilities

If you are interested in becoming a foster carer, contact us for an information pack using the contact details at the bottom of this page. 

Introduction meeting: we will visit you to discuss with you what fostering would mean to you and your family and about what you can offer. We will explain what’s involved in becoming a foster carer. If you and we feel fostering is right for you, you will be asked to complete an expression of interest form. 

Fostering skills training: if fostering is right for you, we will invite you to attend training to provide you with the skills and knowledge to assist you in your foster carer role. Everyone must complete this training. 

Home assessment: this will take account of your current circumstances, background and ability to meet a child’s needs in terms of their age, gender, health, emotional, physical, and educational development, culture, language, religion and ethnicity. We will ask you to have a medical and will carry out checks such as a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to decide if it is suitable for your to become a foster carer.

We will visit and work with you and your family regularly for up to four months in order to help you prepare for fostering. 

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