Become a Foster Carer
The process of how to apply to become a foster carer is summarized below. You will receive full support at all stages and help with anything you are unsure of.
Call us, register with us online or arrange a call back
Pride will contact you for an initial discussion and arrange for an application pack to be sent to you for completion. A worker will ring you and make an appointment to come out and see you if you wish to proceed with your application.
Complete the application pack
Read the information sent out to you and fill out the application form. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Initial Assessment Visit
An experienced worker from Pride will visit to discuss fostering with you further, to gather some background information about you and your family and to check you have appropriate bedroom space in your home. At this point you will be asked to provide photocopies of ID and some other documents and to sign a Criminal Records Bureau check consent form.
Invitation to preparation training
You will receive specific training through a three day training course to prepare you to foster and to achieve “Skills to Foster”. Attending courses will also allow you to meet other carers, share experiences and learn more about foster care. For carers wishing to look after disabled or challenging children, additional training will be provided at this stage.
The assessment process, sometimes called a ‘home study’ or ‘F Form’ essentially involves a review of your suitability to provide foster care. This will be undertaken by a skilled member of our staff and you will receive full support at all stages. As part of the process, you will be required to:
- Provide references – both personal and employment
- Undertake a medical check with your GP (paid for by us)
- Consent to other checks with Local Authorities, schools or other agencies
Following completion of your training and fostering assessment, the report will be submitted to an Independent Panel for approval recommendations to be made in terms of the numbers and ages of children that can be placed with you. You will be asked to attend the Panel with the social worker who completed your assessment.
The Agency decision maker will have the final decision regarding your approval. Once approved you will then be a registered carer with Pride Fostering Services, and able to take fostered children and young people into your home and care for them. You will be allocated a Supervising Social Worker to help and support you.
The path to becoming a Foster Carer requires commitment to the assessment process and our current foster carers would be happy to share their experiences of the assessment process.