How do I become a foster carer?

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The process from making your first enquiry to becoming an approved foster carer will vary according to where you live. It will broadly include the following steps:


You can register your interest by doing one of the following:

Phone call

Once we have received your enquiry a member of our team will call you up for an informal chat. This is an opportunity for you to find out more about fostering young refugees and for us to ask you a few screening questions.

Home visit

A social worker will come and visit you in your home. They will ask you some questions about your life, experience, skills and motivations and will see if your home is suitable for fostering.


If the home visit is successful a social worker will then visit you and your family on a regular basis for anything between 3-8 months to assess your suitability for the role.


During the assessment period you will also attend some pre-approval training to prepare you for welcoming children and young people into your home.


Your social worker will make a recommendation which will then go to an independent panel of professionals for consideration. You are supported to attend this panel meeting by your social worker.


If your local authority agrees with a panel decision for approval, you will then become a registered foster carer for your local authority and can begin looking after children and young people!


You will be allocated a social worker to support you throughout your time as a foster carer. They will visit you regularly to offer you guidance and support and link you in to relevant training.


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Page last updated: 31/05/2020 09:43:19

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