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 three: Registration of interest

Your registration of interest is split into two stages:

Stage one

Stage one begins when we accept your registration of interest. You will be given a 'stage one' folder to work through and asked to give your consent for specific checks to be made including a health check from your GP and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

We will talk to immediate family members and ask you to provide two personal references and an employer's reference (where applicable).

This part of the process will take approximately two months to complete.

Stage two

With the support of your supervising social worker and having reviewed all the information gathered during stage one, we will decide whether or not you are able to proceed to stage two. 

Stage two involves an assessment with ongoing support and intensive training and will take approximately four months to complete. 

 You will be asked about your family background, your relationships and family life. The supervising social worker will also need to speak to any ex-partners from any previous significant relationships. 

With the support of your social worker, you will decide what type of fostering is best for you and your family as well as the age range of the children we can match with you. 

This information will be collated in the assessment report. You will be given the opportunity to see the report and have the chance to add your own comments. 

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