What's the process of becoming a foster carer?

Starting the application process to become a foster carer is a huge decision, and we want to make sure you feel ready for the next steps. With 24/7 support from our team and full training available, you can begin your fostering journey knowing we’ll always be here to help when you need us!

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The application process!

Get in touch!

The first step is to say hello! Don’t worry – we’re a friendly bunch. You can call, email, or start your application online. Our Recruitment Officer will then ask you a couple of questions, just so we can get to know you a little better!

Pop the kettle on!

Our Recruitment Officer will schedule a home visit to check your home is suitable for a young person, and leave an application pack with you. You can fill this in in your own time, or we can help – just let us know!

Fill in your application pack!

Once we’ve received your completed application pack, we’ll start the necessary checks related to your application. This is where we'll perform identity checks, advanced DBS checks, and ask for personal references!

Meet your Assessing Social Worker!

You’ll be assigned your own Assessing Social Worker, who will ask questions about your background; including education and employment history. This is a great opportunity to tell us why you’d make a brilliant foster carer!

Panel day!

When all the documents are ready, you’ll go to panel. This is where a friendly group of independent professionals check over your application, and ask any questions they may have.

The verdict!

The panel will provide a recommendation to the Agency Decision Maker, who makes the final decision based on all the evidence submitted. We’ll let you know within 12-working days whether you’re approved!

You're approved!

And that’s it! Once you become an approved foster carer with Unity Foster Care, you’ll be assigned your very own Supervising Social Worker, and before you know it, you’ll be welcoming a young person into your home!

Start your application

Do you have a spare bedroom?*
Do you have easy access to transportation?*

Top tips from our team:

Starting the application process is a big decision, so it's only natural to feel overwhelmed. We recommend writing a to-do list and aiming to tick off 2-3 tasks a day, even if it's something small!

The team at Unity Foster Care are always here to help, so if you're finding the application process difficult, just give us a call on 0333 77 22 333!