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The steps to becoming a foster carer

The application and assessment process involved in becoming an Aspris foster carer is explained below:

Stage 1

Please contact us either by phone, calling 07549 224818 or by completing a short enquiry form. We will then arrange an informal home visit to find out a little more about you, and give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

Stage 2

If you want to go ahead following our initial conversation, we will then:

  • Undertake an enhanced criminal records check (DBS check)
  • Arrange for a full medical
  • Begin your home study assessment (Form F) and take up references
  • Book you on our ‘Skills to Foster’ course

Stage 3

Once the assessment is completed, we will present our report to the fostering panel.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do foster carers get paid?

    Yes, foster carers with Aspris receive competitive rates of pay and a wide range of other benefits. This includes paid holidays for children and young people, respite cover and lots of activities for the family covered by us.

  • How long do foster placements last?

    The length of a foster placement depends on multiple factors. We offer several different placement types, ranging from one day to many years. Some foster carers create a wonderful family relationship and remain as a family unit indefinitely. 

  • Can fostering lead to adoption?

    It is rare that fostering leads to adoption. However, fostering placement lengths vary and some children and young people remain with their foster carers for many years, even after they are 18 years old.

  • What age are the children and young people in foster care?

    Children and young people can be in foster care from birth up to 18 years old. We carefully match carers with children and young people based on their needs and requirements, and as a foster carer you can specify the age range you are best suited to supporting.

  • How old do I have to be to foster children?

    Foster carers with Aspris must be at least 21 years old. There’s no upper age limit with Aspris Fostering Services – as long as the criteria is met and a health check is passed, you can foster children and young people with us.

  • How do I become a foster carer?

    The first step is getting in touch with us. We’ll have a chat and start the process with you. Give us a call on 07549 224 818 or email [email address] to speak to one of our friendly and helpful team members today.

  • Can I foster with Aspris if I already foster with another agency?

    Yes, we can help you transfer to Aspris Fostering Services. Learn more about the transfer process here.

  • Why do children and young people go in to foster care?

    There are a number of reasons why children and young people are in foster care. This could be because their parents or family aren’t able to take care of them, they may be an unaccompanied asylum-seeking child or young person, or they might be a parent and child seeking a safe home.  

  • How long does the application process take?
    There are several essential steps involved in the process of becoming a foster carer. Once you’ve made an enquiry and met with us, the assessment process takes around six months, with the final step being a fostering panel who decide if you’re approved. Overall, the process often takes up to six months and we will support you every step of the way.
  • Can I foster if I already have children?
    Yes, you can still foster if you already have children. Whether your children live at home or have grown up and left the family home. You're able to foster a child or young person with Aspris, providing all those in the household pass our checks within the application process.
  • Will I have to give up my job to become a foster carer?

    As long as you can provide good care and support for your foster child it should be possible for you to keep working either full or part time.

  • Will I have a choice in which children I care for?

    We get to know our carers on a personal basis, which means we are able to take your skills and experience into account when finding the right placement for you and the young person. As a foster carer, we always allow you to make the final decision about accepting any placement.

  • How long will it take for me to become a foster carer?

    Applicants typically receive 8 to 10 visits during the foster carer assessment process. The whole assessment process usually takes between 4 and 6 months, although we aim to complete it sooner if possible. As soon as you are an approved foster carer, we will start the process of seeking the right child or young person for you and your family.

  • What happens at the fostering panel?

    All foster carers are assessed by a specialist social worker. Once the assessment has been completed, you and your social worker will attend our independent fostering panel to be officially approved as a carer.

    Once your assessment is completed you and your assessing social worker will be invited to attend our independent panel. The social worker will answer most of the questions from the panel regarding your assessment and will also be there to support you throughout the process. The panel will also ask you some questions about your application and you will also have the opportunity to ask questions of them. Once you are fully approved we then begin the process of finding the right child for you and your family.