Frequently Asked Questions
We understand how important it is to have the information you need to start your fostering journey. Here are some of our most frequently asked questions. Feel free to browse through them.
If you have any questions about fostering that is not listed below then please do not hesitate to contact us. Enquire on our contact page or speak to a member of our friendly team by calling 020 3876 7849.
Who can be a Foster Carer?
We welcome applications from people who are married, living together, single or divorced, from all backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities and from all walks of life.
What support can I expect?
When you become an approved Foster Carer, you will be allocated a supervising social worker who will meet with you once a fortnight to discuss how the child/young person is progressing. You will also be able to speak to a member of the team 7 days a week, 24 hours per day, 365 days a year. There are also regular support meetings with other Foster Carers in your area.
Can I continue to work and be a Foster Carer?
We prefer for the main carer to be at home for the child should they be out of school or ill and to attend important meetings concerning the child’s welfare. However, we appreciate that an income is needed to support your family between foster placements.
Do I have any say in the child or young person who is placed with me?
Yes. The matching process is important for you and the child or young person. We make every effort to match the needs of the child or young person with what you are able to offer. This will be discussed and agreed with you during your assessment.
What training and learning opportunities are available?
During assessment and after becoming an approved carer there will be planned learning opportunities available throughout the year, covering topics such as keeping children safe, managing behaviour, developing self-esteem in children and first aid.
What happens at an initial home visit?
This is an opportunity to meet with you informally to discuss why you would like to foster and what is involved in caring for vulnerable children and young people. We can tell you about the process of becoming a Foster Carer and offer information about the process and suggest some useful books and leaflets.
What are the essential requirements of becoming a Foster Carer?
You need to demonstrate that you genuinely like children and young people. At least one spare bedroom is required. You need to have a strong local support network. Also, you need to put fostering first and be available for daytime meetings and for when the child or young person needs you.
How long does it take to become a Foster Carer?
The whole process takes up to 4-5 months. During that time we will appoint a social worker who will assess your suitability to be a Foster Carer. We will also take up references and checks and ask you to complete a medical with your GP.
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.