Browse the most common topics about fostering transfers. Get in touch if you have questions of your own.
Yes, but it should be a faster process than your first ever application as a new foster carer. You’ll need to provide us with your original Form F (from your current provider) and we’ll go through it with you. You’ll also have the usual checks, like a health and finance check. Your application for transfer will go to a Fostering Panel for approval. If you are currently fostering a child with your current provider, it will take slightly longer in order to assess the welfare requirements of your foster child. Read more about your transfer assessment.
If you were accepted by a local authority or fostering agency, but never foster a child with them, that’s fine – you can still transfer. We value experienced foster carers who want to transfer – and we also value people who are at the start of their fostering journey. We offer excellent training to all foster carers, regardless of their experience. You’ll build experience up soon enough!
You can, yes. The main priority during a transfer is the welfare of the child. You and your current foster agency will attend a meeting with all other parties who are involved in the care of the foster child. This meeting will explore any potential impact and if it’s in the child’s best interests to remain in your care as you move to another foster agency. The meeting will also agree and plan the practicalities of how this will happen. Read more about how to transfer if you have a child in your care.
You can, yes. The main priority during a transfer is the welfare of the child, so everyone involved in the care of the foster child – including you – will discuss the potential impact and if it’s in the child’s best interests to remain in your care as you move to a foster agency. All parties will also agree and plan the practicalities of how this will happen and how the foster child’s care plan will be followed. Read more about how to transfer if you already foster a child.
You’re perfectly within your rights to transfer to a private fostering agency from a local authority provider. You won’t have a black mark against your name for doing so; local authorities want what’s best for a foster child and we work very closely with them to match high quality foster carers like you to children who need a home. Read more about how to transfer to a private fostering agency.
If you plan to join us, start by getting in touch with the National Fostering Group agency office closest to you. We have teams in every region. You can speak to a fostering professional who will be able to share their experience and give you all the information you need to make a decision. From here, it’s a relatively simple process – we will go over your Form F with you, complete the usual checks, attend a Fostering Panel for approval, and complete your basic training. Read more about transferring to another agency.
If you’re looking for a fresh challenge, or you’re keen to make the most of your skills, transferring might be a good move for you. We are the largest independent fostering agency, spanning all regions of the UK, with fantastic resources. Experienced and committed to excellence, we provide solid support and first class training, plus a range of different types of foster care, among other benefits. Read more about the reasons why you should transfer to us.
We appreciate you’re experienced and raring to go, so we make every effort to approve your foster carer transfer as quickly as possible. The transfer application process is simpler than if you were new to fostering, and we aim to have you approved within four to five months. Read more about what’s involved in transferring foster agency.
Foster carers want to transfer to a new foster agency for a range of different, personal reasons. These include feeling like they have more to offer than current provision allows. Or they want to be challenged and helped to make more of their skills. The current provider might not offer a type of fostering they are interested in. Whatever the reason, it’s an avenue worth exploring if you have itchy feet and something doesn’t feel right. Read more about how transferring to a new foster agency could be beneficial.
Yes, as much as you want! All our foster carers – new and those transferring – are offered three-day basic training (Skills To Foster). It’s an excellent induction into how we operate and you get to meet other local carers. After that, you can choose from wide range of different courses, which take place at local venues or online. Our most popular courses include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and supporting young people with Autism and Asperger’s. Read more about training when you transfer to a new foster agency.