BECOMING A FOSTER CARER

Foster carers are as individual as the children they care for, so it’s important for us to know what skills you possess and where you need further training and development if you want to learn how to foster a child. As you would expect, we also make rigorous checks about prospective carers so that children and young people in  care are safe from harm.
The first step to becoming a carer is to contact us for an informal chat. This is an opportunity for us to learn a little more about you, but more importantly for you to feel free to ask as many questions as you like. We will also provide more information about the formal assessment process and arrange a time to visit you and your family.image-01

Contact us for a chat

The full application and assessment process will usually take between 3 – 6 months from the time that you apply. If you are applying with a partner, you will both be assessed – but even if you apply on your own, all members of your household will be involved in the process. It is important to always be as open and honest as possible. Be yourself, raise any concerns you may have and always ask if there is anything that you don’t understand or need more information about.

 

TYPES OF FOSTERING

You can be approved for any or all types of fostering depending on your circumstances and experience.
So before you become a foster carer we will discuss what suits you best.

Application process     More about our children

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Next Step aims to provide a specific range of services to each and every child who is referred to us. Our matching process ensures that we consider all aspects of a child’s needs vigorously, so that we provide the right level of service.

Putting children first