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How to become a foster carer?

Becoming a foster carer is not as daunting as it may first appear.

You and your family will need to be assessed by Family Fostering Partners to confirm your suitability, and this usually takes between three to four months.

An assessment involves lots of discussion and a detailed look at your life, but your Family Fostering Partners social worker will support you all the way.

  • After getting your consent, we will undertake checks on you and your family with the Disclosure and Barring Service, with Local Authorities and with other agencies
  • We will pay for you to have a full medical check-up with your GP
  • We will take up references from other non-family members who can tell us about your suitability to become a foster carer

During the assessment process, you will be asked to attend our three-day ‘Skills to Foster’ training course, which will be provided at a venue near to your home. For many people, returning to learning can feel very strange and a little frightening, but we make it welcoming and fun and most people find that they enjoy it far more than they ever expected!

Your social worker from Family Fostering Partners will visit you and your family regularly to collect information for an assessment report, which when completed will be presented to our Fostering Panel. You will be invited to attend the Fostering Panel.

We appreciate that this process may sound nerve wracking, but we promise you that it won’t be as scary as it first appears. Who knows, you may even enjoy the assessment!

Once you’ve completed the assessment and have been approved as a foster carer for Family Fostering Partners, we will work with you to match your skills and placement preference to a child’s needs.


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