Becoming a foster carer is a straightforward process, but the assessment can take different lengths of time depending upon your personal circumstances. However, on average, from your first expression of interest via this website, until, if successful, your approval following the fostering panel, the process should take around 16 to 20 weeks. The process can feel intrusive but it is designed to ensure that the right people, who can offer love and a safe, nurturing home environment to our children, are approved.
The information that fostering applicants share with us is held securely on a database in accordance with the Data Protection Act. Please read our Fair Processing Policy for details about how we hold and use your personal information. We also undertake an internet screening of all fostering applicants, in accordance with guidance provided by the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF).