How do I become a foster carer?

There is no such thing as an ideal foster carer; all our carers have something different to give to the role from their own life experiences and skills.

Who are we looking for?

Foster carers come from all walks of life. The children and young people in our care need a stable and secure home environment and positive role models to guide and support them through a difficult time.

We want people to foster with us who believe they can make a difference and give a child or young person the life chances they deserve. It is a challenging but hugely rewarding role and we will support you every step of the way.

Why foster with us instead of an agency?

Every week we receive enquiries from people thinking about joining us. Here are five reasons why we think you should join us:

  • We don't make a profit from fostering, we just want the right carer for the right child
  • We have a large number of children in our care who need your skills, love and support to give them the future they deserve. We are committed to providing a safe, secure and loving future for all of them
  • We value experience - you get professional fees and allowances for essentials
  • We'll always place a child with our own carers before approaching other agencies
  • We can offer you a large range of training to support you and help develop your skills

If you are already fostering in Northamptonshire and thinking of transferring, please contact us to find out more about our competitive package by registering your interest below:

Register your interest

Do I qualify?

Before you start your fostering journey we need to check that you have the right circumstances to become a foster carer.

Do you:

  • Have a spare bedroom?
  • Have no convictions for offences against children?
  • Have the time and living situation to foster a child or young person?
  • Have the physical and mental fitness to look after a child or young person?

If you answer yes to all of these questions, you could become a foster carer with us.

The process of becoming a foster carer

Initial steps

Consider the different fostering options.

Make initial contact with us:

Register interest

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If you are eligible, we will contact you to arrange an initial assessment visit and you will be allocated a social worker who will guide and support you through the process.

Stage 1

The fostering process will take approximately 20 weeks from the beginning of this stage.

We will put together a fostering assessment pack which includes checks on your background, your health and references.

We will also provide support as you start your preparation training.

If all the checks are ok, you will proceed to stage 2.

Stage 2

During this stage your comprehensive assessment will be completed.

Your social worker will carry out several home visits and support you with any home study you need to do.

You will also be linked with a 'buddy' - an experienced foster carer who will guide you, share their experiences and give you support and advice when you need it.

Panel

Following the assessment a report will be presented to the fostering panel.

This is made up from professionals from children's social care, who will make a recommendation. From this recommendation, a final decision will be made on whether you can become a foster carer.

Approval

After approval your social worker will help place you with a child and provide any ongoing support in your fostering journey.

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