You will need:
- A spare room. This is essential and it is not considered a spare room if two of your children are sharing.
- If you are fostering with a partner, you need two years of living together.
- The time to give a young person.
How do I become a foster carer?
Foster carers are recruited from a variety of backgrounds to ensure the ability to meet the needs of children. All prospective foster carers will be given the opportunity to speak to an experienced foster carer to help them decide if fostering is something that they feel they could do. We welcome carers from all backgrounds and you will be treated with respect throughout the process. We pride ourselves on reflecting diversity and equality issues in all areas.
When you contact us all enquiries will be responded to within 24 working hours. You will be then asked some basic questions and will have the opportunity to ask some.
If this goes well and you want to continue, a home visit will take place within 5 working days.
After the home visit if you and we think you should proceed then you will be asked to complete an application form and references.
- Prospective carers will attend Skills to Foster training and a First AID course before approval.
- We will undertake a variety of checks and references.
- An independent social worker will contact you and write a report about you and your family outlining your experiences and why they think you will make a good foster carer.
Once the Form F is completed you will be invited to panel.
The panel is responsible for your continued registration. They make recommendations about whether you should be approved and are responsible for continuing to undertake your reviews.
Panel members are from the following backgrounds;
- Foster carers.
- Young people who have been in care.
- Education specialists
- Social workers who have extensive experience of working with young people in the care system.
The Panel will ask you questions about why you want to foster and will want to find out about you.
The whole process takes 4 to 5 months.