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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.
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 email@example.com
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
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.
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
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.