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Becoming a Foster Carer

You’ll be supported throughout your application to become a carer with National Fostering Group. As one of the UK’s most experienced agencies, we’re committed to supporting your fostering adventure every step of the way.

How to become a foster carer

If you’re thinking about becoming a foster carer with the National Fostering Group, that’s brilliant! Good foster parents really make a difference to young lives, and carers also find it very rewarding for themselves and their families.

Right now, we want to make sure you have all the information and support you need to take your next steps to becoming a foster carer. After all, you’re making an important, life-changing decision that will also affect your family and friends. Let’s start with an overview of the different stages of the application process.

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Talk to us about fostering

Your next step to becoming a foster carer is to get in touch with our team.

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Your home visit

We will arrange to meet with you and your family at your home for an Initial Home Visit.

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3

Your fostering application form

As you might expect with such an important role, we’ll need to take a detailed look at your life.

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4

Collaborative assessment

Your assessing social worker will work with you to complete Form F and prepare you for the panel meeting and the requirements of fostering.

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5

Fostering Panel meeting

A Fostering Panel carries out a final check of all the information that has been gathered throughout the assessment process and makes its recommendation.

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6

Skills to Foster training

As one of the UK’s most experienced fostering agencies, we’re committed to excellence. We want to give you all the skills you need to be your best.

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Your first placement

Once your Skills to Foster course has been completed and the ADM has approved your application, you’ll be ready for your first placement.

Once you get in touch, the process will take from four to six months. Caring for children and young people is an incredibly important and specialist commitment, so we need to get to know each other well and be sure it’s right for everyone concerned.

Once you’ve completed the assessment process and become a foster carer with the National Fostering Group, we’ll continue to be with you every step of the way to provide any additional support that you might need.

Start your fostering journey with National Fostering Group

  • We’re 14 close-knit independent fostering agencies
  • Over 3,500 carers already part of our family
  • Benefit from our local support groups and social workers
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