How do I become a foster carer?

Tell us you're interested in fostering

Before stage one: Home visit

For all potential foster carers we'll come and meet with you at your family home.

This is a chance for us to get to know about each other.  If fostering is right for you and your family,  and we agree, we’ll invite you to begin stage one of the fostering process.

It usually take 6 months to be approved as a foster carer.

Stage one ( usually 2 months to complete)

During stage one you'll begin the first round of checks and preparation, this includes invitation to our preparation training. We offer this training either during the day or evening and weekends for working applicants.

Read more about stage one

Stage two (usually 4 months to complete)

During stage two , you’ll be supported by a dedicated assessment social worker who will prepare your assessment report with you.

Read more about stage two


The fostering assessment report is presented to the fostering panel meeting which you attend with your social worker. The panel make a recommendation about your suitability to foster.

Placement of children

Once you are approved as a foster carer you will be allocated your own support social worker who will visit and prepare you for your first placement.

When you are ready for a placement you will be considered for any suitable matches of children who need a foster placement.

Contact us

Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm, Friday 9am to 4pm

Get in touch

  • Telephone: 0121 303 7575

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