What happens when a child is taken into care?
8 Benefits of being a Foster Parent
Fostering as a career
How long does it take to become a foster carer?
Becoming a foster carer in the UK
Cultural diversity in foster care
How to foster a child
Can I choose who I foster?
What is the role of an independent fostering agency?
How to support the reunification process
What is private fostering?
Benefits of fostering with an independent fostering agency
Fostering a child with disabilities
Fostering a disabled child
Changing IFA: Transferring to Excel Fostering
What happens on an initial home visit?
How to prepare your home for a foster child
Can I take my foster child on holiday?
How to prepare for fostering a child for the first time
Children who foster
5 Myths about Fostering Teenagers
How much does it cost to raise a child in the UK?
5 Foster Child Bedroom Ideas
Can I foster if I have pets?
Positive Behaviour Management Strategies for Children in Foster Care
How to bond with your foster child
What is a Care Leaver?
Reasons for a child to be taken into care
How to adopt from foster care
Fostering Vs Adoption
Tips for coping when foster placements end.
Does my foster child have depression?
How to deal with foster child bullying
Do foster carers get a pension?
Common Fostering Challenges and How to Overcome Them
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.
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.
There are other factors which could determine the length of time it takes to become a foster parent. These can include:
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.
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.
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.
Start the conversation today. Our team of friendly advisors are on hand to answer any foster care questions you may have. We can offer you honest and practical advice that can help you decide if becoming a foster carer is the right path for you.