How to become a foster parent
Interested in becoming a foster carer? Perhaps you’re looking for further information to begin your application, or maybe you’re simply looking for some guidance – find out how to become a foster parent from our detailed guide.
How to become a foster carer
Firstly, it’s important to find out if you’re eligible for fostering. The fostering requirements state that:
- You should be at least 21 years of age
- You should be in good physical and mental health
- You should have a spare bedroom
- You need to be a full-time resident in the UK (or have leave to remain)
- You need to be able to have the time to provide support and care to a child or young person
If you feel you possess these qualities and you meet these initial criteria for fostering, start your application process today by getting in touch with a member of our friendly team here at FosterCare UK. Here we can organise an initial discussion which will inform you more of the fostering process and give you information which should determine whether you want to continue fostering as a career.
Next, you will be appointed a social worker who will carry out a Form F Assessment. This looks to evaluate the level of time and energy you have available to care for a young child, as well as general health and space in the home. You will also have a DBS check carried out on you and all members of the household who are over 18 years of age. This process can take up to around six months as it gives an extensive insight into your family and lifestyle, and thoroughly determines your eligibility for foster care.
You can expect a number of visits from your social worker to your home in order for them to create an accurate picture of your family life. During this time, you will also be attending fostering training courses and sessions which will help prepare you for your career as a foster carer.
As soon as the Form F Assessment is complete, this assessment will be quality assured and presented to an individual panel who will assess your application. Recommendations based on your assessment will then be provided to FosterCare UK – who will make the final decision.
How to be a foster parent
You may be wondering how to be a foster parent – but do not worry, we have extensive fostering training and support every step of the way. Learn more about our recruitment process today and get in touch with a member of our FosterCare UK team for further information on becoming a foster parent.