Ready to become a foster carer, but not sure how to get started? This guide will explain how to become a foster carer in a simple step-by-step guide, including how to check your eligibility and the application process.
The first step of becoming a foster carer is to evaluate your own motivations for becoming a foster carer. You might want to consider the transferrable skills you have, and if they make you suitable to become a foster carer. It’s also worth asking your friends and family for their opinion too, as their support throughout the fostering process is invaluable.
If you’re asking yourself, ‘can I foster?’, and the answer is yes, this is the stage where you would start to consider your eligibility. Common questions to check your eligibility are all included in our guide, “Can I Foster If…”. It’s important to remember that fostering doesn’t have an upper age limit, the basic eligibility requirements are simply;
There are a number of considerations you should make when choosing your foster care agency or local authority, including training and support and location. Find out more about the benefits of fostering with an independent fostering agency in our guide.
For more information about fostering with Capstone Foster Care, download our brochure for the latest information about what it means to foster with us.
Now you’ve decided which fostering agency is best for you, it’s time to start the application process. Starting your application is simple;
The next step is the assessment process, which takes between 4-6 months in total. It includes your initial home visit as well as the Form F Assessment.
You can see the type of questions that you might be asked during the assessment process in our guide, which explains exactly what happens during an initial home visit.
Choose which type of foster placement is right for you, whether that’s short term, long term, or therapeutic fostering, we accommodate a variety of fostering arrangements at Capstone Foster Care. To find out more about our types of placements read our guide.
After you’ve been approved as a foster carer, don’t worry, you won’t be left alone. There’s a wealth of support available to you as a foster carer, including our skills to foster training. You’ll also have access to phone calls and visits from your dedicated social worker, as often as needed, including our Out of Hours service, that gives you access to a social worker 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
Ready to apply? Take the next step and call one of our advisors today on 0800 012 4004 or enquire about fostering through our online form.
If you’ve got any questions or would like to find out more about fostering with Capstone, fill out the form below.
An experienced fostering advisor from your local area will then be in touch.