There are five parts to the application process to become a foster parent with St Christopher’s and it usually takes around six months to complete the process and be approved.
As we are a small fostering agency, we can spend time supporting you during the application process.
'When you’re a new carer they’re with you for every step of the way – the application process, when a child moves in with you and when new situations arise that you aren’t sure how to manage yet.'
When you make an enquiry with us, a member of our recruitment team will get in touch with you to chat about fostering. You can ask any questions you like, whether it’s about training, fostering payments or simply what type of children you would be looking after.
Once you’re ready to proceed with your enquiry, a member of our team will visit you at home. This is so they can get to know you better and make sure you can provide somewhere safe for a young person to live.
The next step is your formal application to become a foster parent. Once we have received this, you enter the assessment stage.
Throughout the assessment you will get to know your future social worker and other staff at St Christopher’s. You will also attend Skills to Foster, a specialist training course for people thinking of fostering. This offers you the chance to meet other people at the start of their fostering journey and some of our existing carers, who can tell you about their experiences.
This is the final stage of the application, when you are formally recommended for approval as a foster carer. Panel members include childcare professionals, specialists in areas such as health or education, care leavers and St Christopher’s staff. They may ask questions about your plans for fostering, and you can ask them anything too.