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 include the following steps:

Enquiry

Contact your local authority fostering team to discuss becoming a foster carer.

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.

Assessment

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.

Training

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

Panel

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.

Approval

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.

Post-approval

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

Barnsley
Tel: 01226 775876

Bradford
Tel: 01274 434331

Calderdale
Tel: 01422 266020
Email: 
fostering@calderdale.gov.uk

Doncaster
Tel: 0808 129 2600
Email: 
asktrustfostering@dcstrust.co.uk

East Riding
Tel: 01482 396469
Email: 
fish@eastriding.gov.uk

Hull
Tel: 01482 612800

Kirklees
Tel: 0800 389 0086
Email: 
fostering@kirklees.gov.uk

Leeds
Tel: 0113 378 3538

North East Lincolnshire
Tel: 01472 323966.

North Lincolnshire
Tel: 01724 297000
Email: 
fostering@northlincs.gov.uk

North Yorkshire
Tel: 01609 534654

Rotherham
Tel: 01709 382121

Sheffield
Tel: 0114 273 5075
Email: 
fostering@sheffield.gov.uk

Wakefield
Tel: 0800 197 0320

York
Tel: 01904 555678
Email: 
fostering@york.gov.uk

Contact for WYR

For more information, you can get in touch with us via:
wyr@migrationyorkshire.org.uk