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How long does it take?

Becoming a foster carer is a two-stage process, which takes around four to six months to complete.


Stage one:

Get in touch with us: If you're thinking about fostering then contact us. A member of our team is here to answer any questions you may have, just email fostering@medway.gov.uk


Information gathering: We’ll phone you and visit you at home (including a home check) so our social worker can provide you with more information about fostering, what we are looking for and get to know you a bit more.


Checks and references: You will be asked to complete all statutory checks including Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), medical checks and personal references, school references for any children you have and employment checks.


Training: Go on a two-day training course to learn more about fostering. Learning about children in care and their individual needs with experienced carers and young people who have lived in care.

Stage two:

Assessment: A social worker will carry out your assessment and put together a report, to be given to the panel who will decide if you can be a foster carer.


Approval: The panel will review the information given to them and make a recommendation on the day. You will be advised of this immediately. Their recommendation goes to the Agency Decision Maker who will make the final decision, usually around 10 days later.




Interested? Contact us or email fostering@medway.gov.uk.