The Fostering Process

We'll be with you every step of the way!

The process from application to approved foster carer is in-depth, and involves a detailed assessment. Don’t worry though, we’ll be with you every step of the way to support you, and give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

Fostering needs to be the right decision for YOU and your household.

Follow our 5 Steps To Fostering below!

Step 1: Assessment Starts

An FCC social worker will visit or call you to talk more about your application and why you want to foster.

Step 2: References

We then take up both personal and professional references – people will be asked to comment on your ability to look after and care for children and young people.  We’ll also initiate a medical, DBS and Local Authority checks.

Step 3: Assessment

Your FCC Social Worker will make a full in-depth assessment of you and any other fostering applicants in your household. This is called a Form F.

Step 4: Training

You will then participate in our Skills To Foster training to get you all ready. You’ll also get to meet other fostering applicants too!

Step 5: Fostering Panel

The final step in your journey! The FCC panel will consider the Form F report carefully.  If successful, approval is recommended for specific numbers and ages of children that you can foster.

You become a registered Foster Carer!!

Congratulations! You can start making a difference to children’s lives.

 

The Assessment Starts

with a visit from an FCC Social Worker to gain more information on you which will build on the detail already included in your original application form.

References

We take up both personal and professional references – people will be asked to comment on your ability to look after and care for children and young people.

Checks + Training

A full medical, DBS & Local Authority check need to be applied for. If all is well, you will attend our Skills to Foster training to learn about the different aspects of fostering, including introductions to others who are also being assessed as carers.

Assessment

An FCC Social Worker will make a full in-depth assessment of you (and your partner) which will form the basis of the recommendation that you are approved as a Foster Carer.

Fostering Panel

On completion of the assessment, a Form F Report is written and submitted to The FCC Fostering Panel. The panel will consider the report fully. If successful, approval is recommended for specific numbers and ages of children.

You become a registered foster carer!