How long does it take to become a foster carer?


Wondering how long the fostering process takes? This can vary based on multiple factors – such as completing fostering training, conducting safety checks and gathering relevant evidence.

How long does it take to foster a child

It usually takes around six months to become a foster parent – however, in some cases, it can take around three to four months. The time it takes to become a foster carer is based on assessment process, and how long this takes to complete.

What affects the time it takes to become a foster carer?

There are other factors which could determine the length of time it takes to become a foster parent. These can include:

  • Completing your fostering training
  • Getting together the paperwork and evidence required for the application process
  • The variety of checks that will be conducted.

There will be a series of checks carried out on you to ensure your eligibility to become a foster carer – these include DBS checks, Social Services checks, medical assessments and home risk assessments.

Once all these checks are completed, the results and findings are given to an independent panel who will decide whether you are suitable to be a foster carer. However, Excel Fostering will have the final decision, whilst using the panel’s recommendations as a guide.

How to become a foster parent

Interested in becoming a foster carer with Excel Fostering? The first step in the process is getting in touch with us for an initial phone discussion with a trusted member of our team. This informational conversation allows you to learn enough about fostering to decide whether fostering is the right career for you. If you want to be prepared for the phone conversation, take a look at the fostering requirements to see if you’re initially eligible for fostering.

For any more questions about how to become a foster parent, or how long it takes, get in touch with a member of our helpful team. Alternatively, find out more information on the fostering process now.

Thinking of fostering?

If you’ve got any questions or would like to find out more about fostering with Capstone, fill out the form below.
An experienced fostering advisor from your local area will then be in touch.

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