Maybe 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.

We help all sorts of people become foster carers – from drivers to café workers to engineers – supporting them to change the lives of the most vulnerable and neglected children and young people. We can help you too, and here's how.

What happens

We have a thorough and clear process to decide if you can foster with us. The steps we go through with you will also help you get ready for your new role.

The steps are:

  1. Get in touch – the first step is to get in touch and let us know that you're thinking about fostering.

  2. Answering your questions – a social worker contacts you to talk through all your questions.

  3. First home visit – a social worker visits you and your family to talk about the type of fostering care we provide and the kinds of carers we are looking for.

  4. Application form and references – you fill in a detailed form about yourself and everyone that lives with you; we check police and health records, employment and personal references.

  5. Preparation and training – you go on a course to learn more about fostering.

  6. Assessment – a social worker visits you several times and puts together a home assessment report; based on this report, a foster care panel decides if you can foster.

  7. Approval – one of our senior managers approves you as a foster carer.

  8. You become a foster carer and join our team.

This process takes about six months. Our assessment 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. We continue to give you training all the time you're with us, as well as local, round-the-clock help.

100% of our foster carers say they're satisfied in their role, and 85% say they're more satisfied than they were in their last job.

Find out more

Take a look at the rest of this section to find out what is fostering, who can foster, the different types of fostering and some common myths about fostering.

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