Become a Foster Carer

Who can foster?

There is no such thing as a typical foster carer.  Our foster carers come from all sections of society with different backgrounds, interests, and personalities.   The most relevant and special thing that bonds them all together, is their ability to provide love and care to a child who needs it the most, as well as the desire and capacity to make a difference to a child’s future.

We often speak to people who are interested in fostering but think they won’t be considered for reasons that are simply not true.  You can be single or married, male or female, a homeowner or renting, of any sexual orientation, have your own children or not, have pets, practice a religion or not - the list goes on.  So please don't rule yourself out! 

As long as you are over 21, have a spare room, and live in the UK full-time, we would love to talk to you about fostering for Liverpool City Council. 

If you would like to find out more please get in touch.

We need a wide variety of foster carers, to meet the diverse needs of the children in care in Liverpool

For our most common questions and answers, read our FAQ's


The Application Process

When you decide to become a foster carer, we’ll support you at every stage of the process.  The assessment process usually takes between 3 and 6 months, and is very much a two-way process.  The thoroughness of the process ensures that everyone has enough information to achieve the best possible experience and outcomes for you, and the children you’ll be caring for.

Enquiry

When you decide to take the first step and speak to us about fostering, we’d love to speak with you to find out a bit more about you and your interest in fostering. We will answer any questions you have, send you an information pack and dates of our information events, where you can meet some of the fostering team and hear from some of our foster carers.

You can contact us by calling 0151 515 0000 or complete our contact form

Expression of Interest

When you decide the time is right for you to proceed, we’ll ask you a few questions over the phone to gather some initial details such as why you want to foster, if you have a spare room, who else lives in the house etc.

Home Visit

We’ll then arrange a time for one of our fostering colleagues to visit you, to get to know more about you. We’ll talk in more depth about your thoughts around fostering and what’s involved.  We’ll provide all the information you need about the application process so you know what to expect.

Pre-approval training

'Skills to foster' is a really informative and interactive two-day pre-approval training course, which gives you an insight into what being a foster carer, and a child in care is like. It is a good opportunity to meet other people going through the application process and gain great insight into fostering, in a supportive group environment.  Many of our foster carers are still in touch with people they met on their training days! 

“It has been a fantastic course, in relation to enhancing our knowledge of the fostering process and has made us more determined to start our journey”

Fostering Applicant

Application and full assessment

At this next stage, you will meet your assessing social worker, who will work with you to complete the application form.  They will be there to guide you through the process and talk in more detail about a variety of thing like; your life experiences, work history, interests, and anything that will play a part in your parenting skills, and the type of children you feel you would be best suited to fostering. 

Friends and family members and your support network will also be contacted at this point.  We will also complete all the necessary police and medical checks and obtain references.

Panel

Once your application is completed, we’ll send you a copy in advance of attending a fostering panel (it's not as scary as it sounds!). This is where a group of fostering professionals review and discuss your application with you and will make a recommendation regarding your approval as a foster carer

You're an approved foster carer!

Once you are approved, you’ll be assigned a fostering social worker, who will keep in touch about children who we need foster carers for, who we think would be a suitable match for you. Then it won’t be long before you’re actually a foster carer.

During your role as a foster carer, we will provide you with all the necessary training, specialist support, and guidance to build your skills and confidence. Your training needs may vary depending on the needs of the children you are looking after, so we’ll always look for the most relevant training for your circumstances.


Contact us

If you’ve got the passion and commitment to make a really positive difference to a child’s life, we’d love to hear from you.

Take the first step by sharing some details below or call us on 0151 515 0000 for an initial chat.

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