How do I become a foster carer?

Tell us you're interested in fostering

 Home visit

Please note that all "home visits" are currently being done via video call. This is in response to the situation with COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Our team will be happy to explain more about this when you contact them. 

Once you have become a potential foster carer we'll come and meet you at your family home. 

This is a chance for us to get to know more about each other. If you still feel that 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 six months to be approved as a foster carer.

Stage one 

Stage one usually takes around two 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

Stage two usually takes four 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

Panel

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

Email us: AFRecruit@birminghamchildrenstrust.co.uk

Request a callback online