How to become a foster carer

How to foster – The journey

Everyone who wants to become a foster carer has to have an assessment.

The assessment is about your potential to become a foster carer by exploring your skills and experiences.

The assessment takes four to six months.

The assessment provides you with information about fostering and how fostering will affect you, your family and your friends.

If you have children, it is important that you talk with them at an early stage about being part of a fostering family.

The assessment will involve about twelve home visits from the assessing social worker.

You will be expected to show you can develop the following skills:

  • an ability to communicate with children, families and professionals;
  • an awareness of child development and the particular needs of foster children;
  • a willingness to work with the children and their families;
  • the ability to keep accurate records;
  • a willingness to attend meetings, support groups and training courses.

Taking the next step

If you feel that fostering could be for you, then please complete our contact form. You will receive an email reply confirming receipt of your information.

Your information will be assessed by a team member who will identify Fostering Agencies in your area with vacancies and who are potentially the best match given the information you provided.