How do I become a foster carer
The process from making your first enquiry to becoming an approved foster carer will vary according to where you live. It will include the following steps:
Contact your local authority fostering team to discuss becoming a foster carer.
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.
Download our becoming a foster carer guide for more information on the process.
Local authority contacts
Tel: 01226 775876
Tel: 01274 434331
Tel: 01482 612800
Tel: 0113 378 3538
North East Lincolnshire
Tel: 01472 323966.
Tel: 01609 534654
Tel: 01709 382121
Tel: 0800 197 0320