In short, almost anyone can be a foster parent, as long as they are deemed suitable.
Although you must be over 21, there is no upper age limit. Neither your cultural background, marital status or disability play a part in determining whether you are suitable. You just need to be available and have a spare bedroom for your foster child.
Other things we consider include:
- Your eligibility to work in the UK
- Your health, background and family lifestyle
- Your parenting skills and experience caring for children
- Your ability to provide a loving, caring and nurturing environment
It is straight forward to join our fostering team. Our application process is broken up into three stages: application, initial visit, and fostering assessment.
Get in touch with us and we will send you an information pack and application form to take you to the next stage.
(2) Initial Visit
Once you’ve applied, we will give you a ring and arrange a visit to your home. A team member will undertake the visit to look at your application and your home environment.
(3) Fostering Assessment
If both you and our supervising social worker think you’re suitable, we’ll write up a report and pass it on to the manager. If accepted, this is the start of the fostering assessment process. The process includes background checks, DBS, foster parent medical and attending preparation training courses
There are a few factors that come into play when considering any criminal convictions, you may have, including the type or circumstance of the offence and how long ago it was committed. Any violent crimes and offences against children or vulnerable people are likely to prevent you from being approved.
Yes – Transferring agency is straightforward in most cases, and you have every right to do so.
The exact process will depend on who you’re with now and whether or not you have any foster children staying with you
We would love to hear from you. Please contact us for a confidential chat to find out about our excellent local training and support.
Yes – we’d love to hear from you. Please contact us for a confidential chat to find out about our excellent local training and support.
It depends on how flexible your employer is. Some of our foster parents work. You will need to be available for meetings, training and for children before and after school and during school holidays.
In summary, the transfer process is simple and as follows.
We will arrange a home visit to discuss the transfer answer any questions you may have.
Should you wish to join us, you would need to notify your agency in writing with your intention to transfer. A meeting is arranged between us and your current agency. Social workers of any young people in placement are also informed. The transfer arrangements are described in more detail in ‘The Fostering Network Transfer Protocol 2014. Link below.
This meeting will consider timescales and is to ensure that children’s stability is not disrupted. Finances will also be agreed at the transfer protocol meeting.
An updated Form F assessment and supporting documentation is completed by a social worker from our fostering team (this is far less lengthy than your first Form F). You are entitled to ask your existing agency for a copy of your previous Form F.
Your Form F is then presented to the fostering panel. Following this your approval with your current agency will cease and you will be approved with TRUE.
If you work full time, providing shorts breaks, at weekends might especially suit you.
We aim to complete the process between 4-8 months of your application.
We pay our foster parents at a weekly rate between £360-£630, this is dependent upon skills and experiences as well as the therapeutic needs of the young person. You would be paid the weekly rate for each young person that you care for.
This is dependent upon the needs of the children you are caring for. We can guarantee that you would not be financially penalised for transferring to TRUE.
The child will transfer with you as you join TRUE. We follow the fostering networks transfer protocol. This offers guidance around transferring agencies
You will have your own dedicated supervising social worker.
You will have your own empathic listener.
The children will have their own child support worker.
We have an attachment therapist who facilities monthly TRUE groups. You can also have access to 1-2-1 consultations with the attachment therapist.
You will have access to an extensive training programme.
We also offer 24/7 support to our families.
No – you can rent or own a property. If you rent, you must tell your landlord you will be fostering.