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Luton Borough Council

How to become a foster carer

The process is quicker than you think. You could become an approved foster carer within four months. Our aim is to help you towards a successful application within a four month time frame. Becoming a foster is a big decision one that affects not only you but your family and friends too.

Initial enquiry

Complete our expression of interest form and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible for an informal chat.

Although we want you to be as sure as possible before you apply that foster caring is right for you, we’d like to reassure you that filling in the form doesn’t commit you to anything. There is no pressure and no obligation, just your questions answered.

Stage 1 Home visit (online) and checks

An Initial visit at your convenience; checks are undertaken once you have decided you are ready to proceed to become an approved foster carer with us.

  • During the initial visit we explore the foster carer’s role and you have the chance to ask as many questions as you like
  • We check to make sure your home has enough space and is safe for a child
  • We will also carry out background checks, including criminal history, and health checks with your GP

Stage 2 - Assessment, training and approval (within 4 months)

  • The assessment involves your assessing social worker getting to know you and your family
  • You receive training that will give you the foundation skills you need on your foster carer journey
    your assessment will be presented to the fostering panel - a group of professionals who are experts in the needs of looked-after children will consider this and talk to you about your application
  • The panel will make a recommendation regarding your appointment as a foster carer to the Agency Decision Maker

Your social worker will be with you throughout the process to answer questions and to ensure it progresses smoothly.

Dedicated support while you foster (ongoing)

  • Competitive financial package
  • A dedicated supervising social worker to support you in your role as a foster carer
  • Benefits include discounted services and access to a range of advice and online support agencies
  • The SSW will ensure you have a tailored support package to assist you in caring for the child/young person placed with you
  • Personal professional development plan
  • An out-of-hours hotline gives you access to our emergency team, you have 24 hours telephone support
  • Luton’s foster carers have their own support group, where you can share experiences and give each other advice and support
  • All Luton’s foster carer are members of the Luton Foster carer Association (LFCA ) who independently support all Luton’s foster carers

Contact us

If you have a query about fostering and would like to learn more, please contact us between:

  • 9am and 5.30pm, Monday to Thursday
  • 9am to 4.30pm Friday

Fostering team
E: [email protected]
T: 01582 547633

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