Six steps to become a foster carer
We will work with you through the following 6 steps in your journey to becoming a foster carer.
1. Contact us
2. Arrange a home visit
When you are ready, we’ll arrange a time convenient to you when we can come and visit you and your family at home. This is a great opportunity to find out more about which type of fostering will be best for you and to ask any questions you might have.
Short video explaining the Six Steps to Fostering
3. Invitation to apply
At the home visit, we will discuss if now is the right time for you to go ahead. If so, we will invite you to apply to be a foster carer.
4. Attend Skills to Foster training
Our locally based training course runs for 4 days over a period of a couple of weeks. Here you will get the chance to meet other potential foster carers, hear first hand from some of our looked after children and gain the skills you need to become a foster carer. Existing carers transferring to Cambridgeshire County Council attend a shorter version of this training
5. Complete assessment
A Form F assessment is completed for all potential new foster carers.
- This includes us undertaking a number of background checks and gathering references.
- It is a very thorough and in-depth process, but your allocated fostering social worker will visit you regularly and support you through your application.
- For carers transferring in from other agencies, we have a fast track process and you will not required to complete a full Form F.
6. Approval at fostering panel
- Your application will be presented to our local fostering panel
- You will also be asked to attend, along with your social worker, to answer any questions the panel may have
- A decision will then be made by panel regarding your suitability to foster and the age group and number of children you are approved to care for.
Once this decision has been verified by our Agency Decision Maker you will join our team of foster carers and will be ready to begin making a difference to the lives of our looked after children and young people.