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How do I become a foster carer?

Become a foster carer

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We need new foster carers from all kinds of backgrounds. If you are interested please contact 0118 974 6204, email fostering@wokingham.gov.uk or come to our information event – details can be found on the right hand side of this page.

Becoming a foster carer - the approval process

  • All foster carers have to go through an assessment process - we are trusted by the community to keep all our children safe and the national assessment process aids us to do this. There is an approval process  be assessed. There is an approval process also undertaken in a supportive way
  • We have to do this to ensure that we place Wokingham children in a safe and caring home
  • Assessment and approval can take up to six months from start to finish and you will be supported by a social worker from the fostering team throughout this process

Step 1: Initial enquiry

Call us on 0118 974 6204, complete our enquiry form or attend one of our information events. 

  • We will ask you a few questions about your circumstances, including your reasons for considering fostering and whether you have a spare room
  • We will then send you an information pack

Step 2: Informal home visit

If you decide that you want to find out more, a social worker from our fostering team will visit you at home. This is an informal two-way discussion and at this stage. You are not committing yourself to anything.


Step 3: Skills to Foster preparation course

This is a compulsory, six session course for anyone wishing to become a foster carer.  

  • Courses are run regularly throughout the year and provide an in-depth understanding of your role and responsibilities as a foster carer
  • If you are married or have a partner, you will both be required to attend all six sessions and attending this course will form part of your assessment process

Step 4: Assessment

During the formal assessment period, a qualified social worker will visit your home for approximately eight visits. They will discuss a number of things including 

  • Your life history
  • Motivation for fostering. 
  • We will undertake a variety of statutory checks (including checks with the Disclosure and Barring Service), local authority and your GP) 
  • collect personal references from people who know you.

Step 5: Fostering Panel

  • Your social worker will present the report to the Fostering Panel 
  • You will be invited to attend the panel meeting. 
  • The Fostering Panel consists of people from the local authority and independent members who will make the decision whether to recommend approval of your application to become a foster carer.

Step 6: Approved foster carer

When a child requires a placement, you will be matched depending on the needs of the child and what type of fostering suits you best.

Your social worker and other services offered by our team will continue to support you throughout your time as a foster carer.

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Contact us

0118 974 6204
fostering@wokingham.gov.uk