The Application Process

Read our step-by-step guide on how the application process works on your journey to becoming a Foster Carer with Help Me Grow Fostering.

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The Application Process Step by Step


You will talk with one of our friendly team members, they will ask a few questions about why you want to become a Foster Carer to determine if fostering is the right career for you.

One of our team members will visit you in your home. You will have the opportunity to ask more questions which will help you understand if fostering is right for you and your family at this time.

If fostering is right for you then you can start filling out the application form that we will provide for you to return to us. If you need support completing the form then we can help you with this.

We complete a number of mandatory checks to determine your suitability. This includes checks from the Disclosure & Barring Services, Social Services and other agencies, along with medical checks and home safety checks. You will be updated throughout the process.

During your assessment, you will begin a comprehensive training programme to ensure you are thoroughly prepared for fostering. By taking part in our South London based workshops, you will also have the opportunity to meet other local applicants and experienced Foster Carers who can answer questions from their real-life experiences.

With your help, a portfolio will be completed by asking a number of questions. Your portfolio will detail your relevant experience, skills and abilities. This will then be presented to an independent fostering panel.

Your dedicated Social Worker will be with you as the panel asks questions about your life experiences and assessment. The panel will then make their recommendation to us; based on your portfolio and your panel meeting. The Decision Maker at Help Me Grow Fostering will ultimately decide if you can be a Help Me Grow Foster Carer.

To find out more about Fostering with HMG or to register your interest and apply, click the contact us button below to get in touch with one of our friendly team.