Steps to fostering
Fostering provides a safe, caring family life for children who cannot live with their own parents.
To foster a child or young person there are a number of steps you need to go through.
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- Step one: Initial enquiry
- Step two: Home visit
- Step three: Registration of interest
- Step four: Pre-approval training
- Step five: Fostering panel
- Step six: Matching
- Step seven: Ongoing development
Step one: Initial enquiry
The first step to fostering is to discuss how you could make the difference to a child's life.
You can do this by either completing our enquiry form or by giving us a call for an initial discussion on 0300 500 80 80. We can talk you through the fostering process and answer any questions or concerns you have about fostering.
Alternatively, you can request further information on how to become a foster carer by completing our online enquiry form. This will guide you through the process, help you find out if you are eligible and if it is the right time for you to become a foster carer.
If you complete the form, there is no obligation to go any further. It's entirely up to you and if you decide you want to take the next step, then we will be here for you.