We understand that the decision to foster is a huge step and so we'll provide you with support every step of the way. On average it takes six months to become an approved foster carer - but we believe you can do it, and so should you.
You can register your interest by:
We will talk about whether we're the right fostering agency for you. If we are, we'll arrange for one of our social workers to visit you at home.
During the home visit, we will give you information about:
If we both decide to continue with the process, you will need to complete a fostering registration form and a consent form that allows us to arrange:
As part of the assessment, you will be assigned a Barnardo’s social worker who will:
We will also carry out the checks described above.
The information collected will become part of your assessment report, written by the social worker. This is a report given to the fostering panel, who will make a recommendation about your suitability to foster.
We run compulsory training for all potential foster carers. The course helps you to:
You will get the chance to meet like-minded people who are preparing to foster or are currently fostering children.
The fostering panel is a group of professionals who have experience of working with children, or may have been fostered themselves.
We will invite you to meet the fostering panel, who will make a fostering recommendation based on:
The final decision about your suitability to foster is made by a fostering decision maker at Barnardo’s.
Once you are approved as a foster carer, your social worker will work with local authorities to find a child for you.
If a child may be placed with you on a long term basis, the child’s social worker and the local authority fostering panel must also agree that the child will be with the right family.
You will receive on-going support and training after the child has been placed with you.
As an approved foster carer, you will also be reviewed on a yearly basis.
By choosing to become a foster carer you can make a huge difference in a child's life - and yours.