Your first foster child

Once your Skills to Foster course has been completed and the Agency Decision Maker (ADM) has approved your application, you’ll be ready for your first child.

Matching you with a foster child

The local agency team you have been working with will continue to support you throughout your fostering adventure.

By now, we’ve got to know each other quite well. Our team will use the information you’ve provided to match you with your first child- and your foster carer journey will begin.

Start your adventure

Fostering for us has been the most rewarding thing that we have done apart from having our own children. We have fostered all ages and have moved children onto adoption and also provided support to families when children have returned home.

The rewards of what we do are huge and it enables us to work with a caring range of professionals in order to provide loving forever homes for children. Working for National Fostering Group provides us with 24/7 support and extensive training to enable us to provide the best care.

Jayne & Ken, foster carers

How long until you get a placement?

Some newly-approved foster carers will be offered a placement immediately, especially if they have particular skills or there’s high demand in their region. Other new foster carers could wait days or weeks.

Ongoing foster carer support

Even after you have been approved to become a foster carer with us and are caring for your first child or young person, our expert local teams will continue to support you.

They’ll visit regularly and remain a constant source of professional guidance and advice as and when you need it. This includes the provision of a 24/7 emergency helpline.

Start your adventure

Here we are, 21 years later, 25 children later and no looking back. I could never imagine doing anything else.

Julie, foster carer

Start your fostering journey with National Fostering Group

  • We have fostering agencies all across the UK
  • Over 3,000 carers already part of our family
  • Benefit from our local support groups and social workers