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Your fostering application form

Before you start your assessment, you’ll need to complete an application form, which asks for basic information like contact details and an overview of your situation.

Help all the way

The next step is to complete a foster carer application form. This will lead to you being assigned an assessing social worker, who will work with you on your assessment.

Don’t let the thought of paperwork put you off – we’re here to help if you need guidance.

Next: Collaborative assessment

Being a foster carer with National Fostering Group has been fantastic right from the beginning. They answered my questions, eased my concerns, and gave me the support I needed to get going. Since then, they've provided fantastic support at every opportunity, which has allowed me to make a big difference to the lives of the kids I care for.

Gareth, foster carer

Your application paperwork

This is a basic form that will ask you your full name, contact details and date of birth – the usual things. It will also ask about:

  • Languages spoken
  • Religion
  • Disabilities
  • Current relationships
  • Ethnicity
  • Health
  • Criminal convictions
  • Previous fostering experience, if any
  • If you’re currently fostering and wanting to transfer
  • Some details of your family members
  • Your reasons for wanting to become a foster carer

There are no right or wrong answers. You might feel worried about 1 or 2 of these questions – ask your carer recruitment officer to clarify anything you don’t understand.

Take heart and remember that we assess your ability to provide a child with a safe environment where they can thrive. We have foster carers:

  • From all backgrounds, all religions, all ethnicities, all sexual orientations.
  • Who have health issues, spent convictions, and disabilities.

Our children are diverse – we need diversity in our foster carers too.

Next: Collaborative assessment

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In a few simple questions, you’ll know if you’re suitable to apply to become a foster carer.