The fostering application process

Becoming a foster carer is a big decision and the fostering application process reflects this. Although it might seem daunting, we are with you every step of the way ready to answer any questions you may have.  

The process takes approximately 6 months, and is designed so you have the opportunity to fully understand what it means to be a foster carer, as well as making sure that we can do our job in protecting the children and young people coming into the fostering service. 

Our team will give you more details on how the application process works, but here’s a quick guide to the process once you’ve decided you want to become a foster carer with us:

1. Initial contact

After you’ve approached us with an interest in fostering, we’ll arrange a time to chat to you about Break and fostering, and ask you a few questions about why you’d like to foster.  

2. Home visit

Either a Supervising Social Worker or Break’s Fostering Team manager will come out to your home to talk in more detail about the questions from your initial contact phone call. 

3. Expression of Interest

Now that you have all the information you need about being a foster carer, we’ll ask you to make a formal expression of interest so the recruitment process can start.  

4. Submitting the Form F

You’ll be appointed a Supervising Social Worker who will help you complete a Form F, the document the fostering panel will read to help them decide whether you can become a foster carer. 

5. Fostering Panel

You will be given a date to attend the Fostering Panel where your application will be discussed for approval. Your social worker will support you throughout the process and will make sure you are fully prepared.  

6. Approval and matching

Once approved, we will begin the process to match you with a child in need of a safe and loving environment  

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