To become a foster carer you and your family will need to follow a careful assessment process. During which time we will make police and probation checks, get references from people who know you, including previous partners, and ask you to have a medical.
It might sound daunting, but please do not be put off - it's a two way process that helps us make sure you are suitable and for your to fully understand what's involved.
The 7 steps to becoming a foster carer
Step 1 - Ask for an information pack
This pack will provide you with more detailed information about Suffolk's Fostering Service. You can also read about some of our existing foster carers and the different types of foster care they provide.
Step 2 - Return your Application Form Part 1
This form will be included in your information pack, and once you have returned it a member of the Fostering Recruitment and Assessment Team will contact you to discuss your application further and if appropriate arrange an initial home visit.
Step 3 - Initial visit
A social worker will come and visit you and your family to begin to get to know you all and talk over the sort of foster care you could offer.
Step 4. Preparation course
Attend a training course of six short sessions spread out over three weeks to help you decide if fostering is right for you and your family, and learn about the skills required to help you look after foster children.
Step 5 - Complete your assessment
You will work with a dedicated social worker who will visit you and your family over a few months to help you prepare a full report for your assessment as a foster carer.
Step 6 - Attend a fostering panel
Gain recommendation for approval from the Fostering Panel, who will fully discuss your assessment and decide whether to recommend you as a foster carer for Suffolk County Council. Soon after, you will receive a letter form the Fostering Service confirming their decision.
Step 7 - Start fostering
You will be supported by a team of social workers from your local area to help you provide foster care for Suffolk children.