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 for National Fostering Group, we recommend you ask for an information pack, which will help you understand more about the role and decide if it’s for you. When you’re ready to apply, you’ll need to get in touch with your local National Fostering Group agency and ask for an application pack.

Once you submit your formal application, the process takes between three to four months. As you might expect with such an important role, we’ll need to take a detailed look at your life. Your supervising social worker and local agency team will support you all the way.


The process of becoming a foster carer

  1. With your consent, we make checks on you and your family with the Criminal Records Bureau, Local Authorities and other agencies
  2. We pay for you to have a full medical check-up with your GP
  3. You provide referees (non-family members) who can tell us about your suitability to become a foster carer
  4. You attend our three-day ‘Skills to Foster’ training course
  5. A supervising social worker will visit you and your family regularly to collect information for the assessment report, which is presented to the Fostering Panel, where a recommendation will be made. You are invited to attend


What happens when you become a foster carer

Once you’ve completed the assessment process and become a foster carer with us, we’ll continue to be with you every step of the way to provide any additional support that you might need. Our foster carers also qualify for a generous fostering allowance to help them provide their foster children with the very best care.

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National Fostering Group

  • 24 hour telephone support
  • A generous fostering allowance
  • Excellent training opportunities to help you become an expert
  • Membership to The Fostering Network – where you will find professional advice on all things fostering

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Start your fostering adventure

We run regular events all around the UK where you can chat to foster carers to discover what it’s like to foster a child and take your first step towards making a huge difference.

Attend a local event, call the team on 0800 044 3030, or request a call back. We’re happy to answer all your questions about becoming a foster carer, so get in touch to find out everything you need to know.

Alternatively, take a look at our frequently asked questions to learn more about fostering with us, or read our fostering stories to learn more about what fostering is like from some of our real-life foster carers.