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How to apply

If you are interested in becoming a foster carer, please complete the enquiry form below to express your interest:

Once we receive your enquiry, we will make contact with you to arrange an initial home visit. We will visit you to discuss what fostering would mean to you and your family and what you can offer. We will explain what is involved in becoming a foster carer. If we feel fostering is right for you and you would like to apply, then we can progress to an application.

Assessment: An assessing social worker will be allocated, they will support you during this journey and collate information about you and your family. During the assessment process, a number of statutory checks will be completed.

Pre-approval training: We will invite you to attend pre approval training which will provide you with the skills and knowledge about fostering.

Fast track assessment for foster carers

Stoke-on-Trent have over 1000 children in care and we need you. You could be approved within a short timescale.

The fast track process

Our fast track assessment process means prospective foster carers can be approved more quickly, while maintaining the same rigorous checks in place as before.

Suitability for fostering children remains the same – you need to have time and space in your life and, above all, the desire to make a difference to the lives of young people.

The only thing that has changed is the speed at which we are able to process certain applications. Fast track has been designed for people who have lots of time each week to dedicate to the assessment process.

How have we made the application process quicker?

Fast track assessments are about ensuring we assess you in a timely manner to ensure that we can match our children to families faster so that you can make a difference and keep our children in the City.

Email fostering@stoke.gov.uk or call 01782 234555.


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