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 parent 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.
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.Find out more
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.Find out more
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.Find out more
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.Find out more
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.Find out more
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 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.Find out more
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.Find out more
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.Find out more
Can't find what you're looking for?
One of our team is available to talk to you over the phone to answer any of your fostering queries.
You can get in touch by filling out our online enquiry form with any queries that you may have.
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