How do I become a foster carer?

Adoption and fostering - for more information call us on 01332 640880

If you’re interested in becoming a foster carer we can work with you to make sure it’s the best decision for you and your family. 

You can change your mind at any stage if you feel fostering isn’t right for you at the moment. We’re here to talk through your concerns and support you from application to approval.

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What do I do next?

Come along to one of our informal drop in sessions at the Council House on Corporation Street. We’re there every Thursday from 9.00am to 1.00pm giving you the opportunity to talk in complete confidence, ask us any questions and find out more about fostering.

You can also come along to an Adoption and Fostering Open Day to find out more information and ask any questions you might have.

If you can’t make it to a session or simply want to get the ball rolling, just download our Fostering Information Pack and complete the Foster Carer application form. Alternatively, complete the fostering enquiry form or call us on 01332 640880 and we’ll send you a hard copy of the fostering information pack. 

Complete and return the application form that comes with your information pack and if suitable we'll arrange for a social worker to come and meet you. This will be for an informal chat to get to know you more and why you’d like to become a foster carer.

Ask any questions you might have and if the social worker is confident you will meet the requirements for fostering you'll be invited to apply.

The process

In July 2013 new changes were brought in setting out the assessment and approval process. Find out all you need to know about this process by downloading an Fostering Information Pack

For a brief overview take a look at our chart taken from the information pack, or read on for more detail.

Getting started

Father and daughter with bikeIn some cases social workers may need more information or it might be decided that fostering is not suitable for you and your family. If this is the case we will give you a clear explanation in good time.

  • Stage One: Once we've received your application form we’ll carry out routine checks including police and medical checks. We’ll keep in touch with you and will always discuss anything that comes up.
  • Stage Two: If you pass the checks you'll proceed to Stage Two where you'll be assigned a social worker. They will meet you regularly to get to know you better and prepare you for fostering. You'll discuss your skills and experience and you will be invited to a pre-approval training course.

Everything is treated in confidence and we aim to let you know about your suitability to become a foster carer during these first meetings.

If you have already been approved as a foster carer for another fostering agency or if you are a Friends and Family Foster Carer for a specific child we can fast-track your application and Stages Ones and Two can run at the same time.

When Stages One and Two are complete your social worker will submit a report to the Fostering Panel who will decide whether or not you're suitable to become a foster carer. If all’s gone well then you’ll soon be welcoming a child or children into your home!

Interested? If you want more information download a Fostering Information Pack and Foster Carer application form  or you can order a hard copy fostering information pack online.

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Contact details

Post address: Fostering Team
Derby City Council
The Council House
Corporation Street
Derby DE1 2FS
Phone: 01332 640880
Minicom: 01332 256666

Fostering Team
Derby City Council
The Council House
Corporation Street
Derby DE1 2FS