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The fostering journey
To become a foster carer there are a number of steps you need to go through and you will have your own social worker to support and guide you through the process.
It usually takes around 4 to 6 months from making a formal application to being approved as a foster carer.
Steps in the journey
1. Fill in our enquiry form or call us on 01332 640880 to speak to a member of the team
We will take some basic details and answer any initial questions you may have about fostering.
2. We will arrange to visit you at home to find out more about you
During the visit we will talk to you in more detail about the fostering journey and what support we will provide.
3. Complete an application form
You will be invited to make a formal application. Once we receive this we will carry out a number of background checks, including the Disclosure & Barring Service (formerly CRB), NSPCC, your doctor and your personal referees.
4. Assessment and training
Whilst all the background checks are made, an allocated social worker will make a series of visits to you at home to get to know you and your family. You will also attend our 'Skills to Foster' training course.
5. Fostering Panel
Once all the checks are complete and the social worker has got enough information about you a report will be presented to our fostering panel. The Panel will make a recommendation regarding your approval which will then go to the agency decision maker for their authorisation.