Introduction: Becoming a foster carer is an incredibly rewarding experience, and one that can positively change the lives of those in need. But it’s also a big commitment, so it’s understandable if you’re wondering how long the process of becoming approved as a foster carer will take. Let’s break down the entire process.
The first step on your journey to becoming a foster carer is to get in touch with us. We’ll will be able to provide you with more information about what it takes to become a Fostering Hearts foster carer and guide you through the process. You’ll also need to attend an initial visit, which might be in person or virtual. In it we will give you an idea of whether you are suitable for the role. This stage usually takes one to two hours and involves discussing your background and any relevant experience you may have, such as working with children or other related roles.
Once this stage is complete, the next step is completing the application form. This form must be completed accurately and thoroughly; if not, it may delay the application process further. After this is done, references will then be requested from various people who know you well such as family members, friends or colleagues. You may also need to undergo a police check or Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check at this stage too. This can sometimes take up to six weeks for completion depending on your circumstances.
The next step is attending additional assessments which involve meeting with social workers and taking part in activities such as training about fostering practices and policies. Once all these steps are complete, your application will then go before our panel, and then our agency decision maker who will determine whether you are suitable for becoming a foster carer based on the information gathered throughout the assessment process . The whole process from start to finish typically takes four months but can sometimes take longer depending on individual circumstances.
Conclusion: Becoming a foster carer is not something that happens overnight; it requires time, effort, commitment and dedication in order to ensure that every child placed in your home receives the best possible support they deserve! The length of time it takes for approval varies from person-to-person but typically takes around four months from start-to-finish. If you’re considering becoming a foster carer we encourage you to arrange for a call back from us — there are also plenty of resources available should you decide this is right for you! Good luck!