Steps to becoming a foster carer

Find out about the steps to becoming a foster carer. We will support you every step of the way, from application through to approval.

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It takes around six months to become a foster carer, and it all starts with a call to our team.

Take the first step now and us call on 01302 737 789

Enquiry stage

Get in touch

When you get in touch with our team, we will have a chat, which will help you decide if fostering is the right for you.

Meeting you at your home

A member of our team will visit you at home to meet you and your family. It is a chance for you to ask us any questions you like about fostering and for us to explain to you a bit more about what is involved in becoming a foster carer.


If we all agree the time is right for you to become a foster carer, we will invite you to formally apply to become a foster carer for Doncaster.

Stage One

Stage One takes around two months to complete.

Checks and references

We will do a number of background checks as part of your assessment process, it all to help us understand more about you and determine your suitability to foster.

The checks include a Disclosure of Barring Services, social services, and other agencies, alongside medical checks and a home risk assessment. We will also ask for references from ex-partners and family members, as well as family and employers.

Having past convictions does not automatically exclude you, but it is important that you share anything that might come up with us so that there are no surprises along the way and we can work through any potential issues with you.

Support and training

During the assessment process, you will be invited to attend our three-day Skills to Foster course.

Our training aims to equip you with everything you need to become a great foster carer and it is a great way to get to know other foster carers too.  You will gain a better understanding of what being a foster carer involves, and have the chance to talk to experienced foster carers and professionals so you have a better understanding of the realities of fostering.

Stage Two

This next stage takes around 2 to 4 months complete. 

Your personal assessment

You will have a dedicated fostering social worker who will do several visits to your home (usually between 8 to 10 visits) to understand your strengths and abilities, and to explore with you what type of fostering will suit you.

Fostering panel

Your fostering social worker will share with you their assessment before they shared it with the fostering panel. The fostering panel will read your assessment report carefully and then invite you to meet the panel and talk about your application. They will make a recommendation to our Agency Decision Maker, about your suitability to foster a child. The Agency Decision Maker will then make the final decision about whether now is the right time for you to become a foster carer. 


If you are successful at fostering panel and become an approved foster carer for Doncaster, you will have your own supervising social worker from the support and supervision team who will guide you through your fostering journey. They will be there for you for advice, guidance and support when you need it and will visit you at home at least once every four weeks.

Your first placement

We will work with you to match you to a child, as well as provide you with ongoing support and training.

Here to Help

Throughout the process, we will always be available at the end of the phone if you have any questions.

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Start your fostering journey today...

Take the first steps towards fostering by registering your interest:

Register your interest

Call our fostering team on 01302 737 789 or email We are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. 

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