It’s important to find a fostering service that feels right for you. We welcome all enquiries by phone, email or in person.
Once you’ve made an enquiry, we’ll organise a visit in your home to chat about your decision to foster.
If your application is accepted, you will start the preparation and assessment process. This can take about six to eight months, sometimes longer, but we will keep you informed.
What questions will I get asked when I enquire?
It’s important for us to find out lots of things about you before we start a fostering application. When you enquire about fostering, we will ask a series of questions about your family, home, job and health so that we can understand as much about you as possible.
We will ask…
- Full name
- Address – how long have you lived at this address? Type of accommodation?
- Contact Numbers? Home, work, mobile
- Email address
- UK Resident?
- Place of Birth?
- Do you drive? Are you a car owner?
- Marital status? How long have you been in your present relationship?
- Do you have children living in the house? Gender, ages.
- What are your reasons for wanting to foster?
- Have you made previous enquiries into fostering with any other Authority/Agency? If yes, who and when? Please Note: you can only be registered with one Independent Fostering Agency or Local Authority.
- Have you discussed fostering with your family and friends?
- Do you have any experience of working with children?
- Brief childhood background. Have you experienced separation/divorce?
- Previous partners names of birth children
- Children of Relationships – names, ages, resident and contact status
- Do you have a local support network?
- Do you have any health issues?
- Do you have any convictions? If yes, what are they for and how long have they got to run?
Skills to Foster Training
There will be six sessions of training which is usually completed in three double sessions. Training duration is approximately 1 hour for single sessions and 2 hours for double sessions. Training can be undertaken at the weekend or an evening. Are you prepared for that?
The interview process will be intrusive into your private life. Please note that family, extended family members and ex partners of birth children will be interviewed as part of the form F assessment process.