How to become a foster parent

How to become a foster parent

Becoming a foster parent

At Fosterplus, continuity matters – and we look to achieve it in all of our work, giving children the consistency and stability they need to step forward with confidence. If you’d enjoy working in this culture, and from being connected to a highly skilled and supportive team of professionals, then we’d love to hear from you.

To become a foster carer with Fosterplus, you just need to complete our online enquiry form (or call 0800 369 8512). It’s quick and easy to do, and just lets us know you’re interested. Once we’ve received it, we’ll give you a quick call for a short informal chat – just to say hello, introduce ourselves, ask you a few questions and answer any of yours. There’s no pressure and no obligation for you to take things further. But if you want to, we’ll set the ball rolling.

Fostering process

1. Get in touch

The first step is often the hardest - once you've completed our online web form, we'll give you a call to speak about the work we do, take some basic details and answer any questions.

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Fostering home visit

2. Home visit

When you're ready to start your application, one of our team will visit you at home (or via video call) to talk to you about the role in more detail and find out more about you and your desire to foster.

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Foster care application form

3. Apply to foster

After your visit, you'll need to complete an application form to be considered. This will be reviewed by our assessment manager and if successful, you'll start your fostering assessment.

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fostering assessment

4. Assessment

The fostering assessment takes around 4-6 months to complete and includes a series of social work visits, background checks, personal and professional references, and some initial training too.

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fostering panel

5. Fostering panel

The final step in the fostering process is where an independent panel of child care professionals and care leavers review your assessment and make a recommendation on your approval.

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foster care matching process

6. Finding the right match

Expertly matching our foster parents to children is a specialism we've honed over many years, and we take extra care in this part of the process to ensure an enjoyable fostering experience for all.

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how long does it take to become a foster parent

How long does it take to become a foster parent?

There’s a standard assessment process for all foster parents, and it’s generally the same for every fostering organisation. Typically, it takes around 4-6 months from start to finish, which seems quite long but it’s a detailed process, designed to give everyone room and space to think things through properly.

Reasons to join Fosterplus...

why foster with fosterplus

Why choose us?

Everything we do is geared towards this idea of continuity, and it’s something that our foster parents experience too – with stable teams and consistent support and training.

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foster carer support

Support for the family

With Fosterplus, you'll be connected to the support you need 24/7/365. This ranges from a dedicated social worker, regular support groups, direct access to Fosterplus management and an out of hours service.

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foster care allowance calculator

Generous allowances

You’ll benefit from an attractive fostering payment for when a child is in your care, together with other benefits and rewards. Find out how much you could receive using our allowance calculator.

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Speak to our team

Ready to take your first step into fostering? We're here to support you on your journey...

Please make sure you read our terms and conditions because you're agreeing to them by submitting an enquiry. It's also worth reading our privacy policy and cookies policy so you understand how we collect and use your personal data.

Can't find what you're looking for?

By phone

One of our team is available to talk to you over the phone to answer any of your fostering queries.

0800 3698512

Your local team

Find contact details for your local office team. We’re always happy for you to pop-in and chat.

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