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Taking the First Steps on the Journey to Fostering

The journey to becoming one of our foster carers sets the foundations based on trust, excellent communication and enduring support.  It is crucial that we have a good understanding of each other and how we work, so the process is designed to achieve this.

When you first reach out to Community Foster Care, it is a chance for us all to find out more about each other.  Please feel free to ask any questions you have. We want you to feel able to ask any question, even if you are not sure if it is relevant. In the early stages we will be interested to learn who you live with and where that is, what your family circumstances are, your work experience and what your experience is of parenting.  You may want to know more about our values, where our offices are, what we pay foster carers, about the assessment process or how we support you.

If everyone’s happy to continue, we will then arrange a home visit. This will be from a qualified social worker who will discuss your interest in fostering in more depth. During this visit, you will have the chance to explain why you want to foster and find out more about Community Foster Care and what makes fostering for a charity so special. 

The process involved in becoming a foster carer will be explained to you.

The next stage would be that we would invite you to complete an application form.  Once this is received the formal fostering assessment process will begin.  This will involve us gaining a detailed understanding of you and your household.  We will explore in detail your own significant experiences, your life, your values and motivations.   

During the process we will also ask you to attend a fostering preparation training course called Skills to Foster.  This will be an opportunity to meet other prospective carers.  The course will cover key aspects of fostering e.g. legal aspects of care, the children looked after, being safe, caring for someone else’s child, etc.  You will also learn more about Community Foster Care and meet other workers.

We also suggest that you may want to read the profiles of some of our carers in our Carer Profiles section.

For more information, our Fostering FAQs outline the whole process of becoming a foster carer.