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Referrals 01684 560 333
General 0800 138 8680
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Referrals 01684 560 333 General 0800 138 8680

Apply to become a foster carer

The application and assessment process involved in becoming a Priory foster carer is explained below:

Stage 1

Contact us by calling 01684 560 333 or sending an email to fostering@priorygroup.com. We will arrange an informal home visit to find out a little more about you, and give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

Stage 2

If you want to go ahead following our initial conversation, we will then:

  • Undertake an enhanced criminal records check (DBS check)
  • Arrange for a full medical
  • Begin your home study assessment (Form F) and take up references
  • Book you on our ‘Skills to Foster’ course

Stage 3

Once the assessment is completed, we will present our report to the fostering panel.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What happens at the fostering panel?

    All foster carers are assessed by a specialist social worker. Once the assessment has been completed, you and your social worker will attend our independent fostering panel to be officially approved as a carer.

    Once your assessment is completed you and your assessing social worker will be invited to attend our independent panel. The social worker will answer most of the questions from the panel regarding your assessment and will also be there to support you throughout the process. The panel will also ask you some questions about your application and you will also have the opportunity to ask questions of them. Once you are fully approved we then begin the process of finding the right child for you and your family.

  • How long will it take for me to become a foster carer?

    Applicants typically receive 8 to 10 visits during the foster carer assessment process. The whole assessment process usually takes between 4 and 6 months, although we aim to complete it sooner if possible. As soon as you are an approved foster carer, we will start the process of seeking the right child or young person for you and your family.

  • Will I have a choice in which children I care for?

    We get to know our carers on a personal basis, which means we are able to take your skills and experience into account when finding the right placement for you and the young person. As a foster carer, we always allow you to make the final decision about accepting any placement.

  • Will I have to give up my job to become a foster carer?

    As long as you can provide good care and support for your foster child it should be possible for you to keep working either full or part time.