Guide: 5 steps to fostering

5. Personal assessment

This is the longest part of the procedure, and can take up to 5 months. Your social worker will visit you several times and together you will build up a detailed picture of your strengths and abilities, as well as exploring how many children you could foster and what type of fostering would suit you and your family best. You will attend our ‘Fostering Panel’ who, based on the assessment, will make a decision regarding recommending you for approval.