How to become a foster carer

Woman and foster child have teaMaybe you enjoy being around children, want to give a young person a fresh start in life or simply want a new, challenging and rewarding career.

100% of our foster carers are satisfied in their role, with 85% saying they are more satisfied that there previous job. From drivers to café workers to engineers, we help all sort of people become foster carers, supporting them to transform the lives of the most vulnerable and neglected children and young people.

There is a thorough and clear process to determine who can foster with Action for Children. The steps are:

  • Enquiry/initial information: a social worker contacts you to answer your questions
  • Initial home visit: a social worker visits you and your family to talk about what kind of fostering care we provide and the kinds of carers we are looking for
  • Application form and references: you need to fill in a detailed application form about yourself and the members of your household; we check police and health records, employment and personal references
  • Preparation training group: you attend a preparation course to learn more about fostering
  • Assessment process: a social worker visits you several times and puts together a home assessment report; based on this report, a foster care panel makes a recommendation about you
  • Approval process: a senior manager at Action for Children approves you as a foster carer
  • You become a foster carer and part of the Action for Children team!

The application process takes about six months. Once you are approved as a carer, we provide continuous training throughout your time as an Action for Children foster carer. The assessment process and training make sure that the children we place with you will be safe and well looked after, and that you are completely comfortable with being a foster carer.

Contact us

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For a free information pack or more information on fostering our simple, online contact form., call 0845 200 5162 or read our fostering report.