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Becoming a foster carer - how the application process works


1. Introduction

We work with you through our assessment process which takes 4 to 6 months. We understand that during this process you may decide that it’s not for you.  Assessment is thorough because we must be sure that a child will be safe in your care and that you're confident in taking on a fostering role.

A fostering application is a 2-stage process.

Stage 1

  • Enquiry
  • Screening call
  • Initial Visit
  • Skills to Foster training and completion of checks, references and reference interviews.

Stage 2 – Your assessment

If your application is progressing, the assessment can start and Stages 1 and 2 can run at the same time.

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