Our assessment process

It usually takes between four and six months to become a foster carer.  

The assessment process can seem intrusive at first and is very in-depth, but this is because we have a responsibility to make sure you are suitable to care for someone else’s child, and that you’re fully prepared.

If you are already fostering with another agency the process may be different, find out about transferring from another agency.

Here's a quick overview of our process and what to expect, click on a heading to find out more:

Informal enquiry

Getting in touch and arranging a visit to your home.


Checks, preparation and training (8-16 weeks).


Signing a written agreement and ongoing training.

You can also view and print our simple diagram of the process:

Our assessment process

Becoming a foster carer

Listen to our foster carers talking about their fostering journey and the great sense of pride and achievement they get from it.

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