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Enquiry, Application and Assessment

Starting the process

At FCA Scotland we do all we can to make the application process as straightforward as it can be. It’s important to us that you’re always kept well informed and the process is stress-free.

It all starts with a chat over the phone. Then we’ll set a date for one of our fostering advisors to visit you at home so that we can get to know each other better. If you have any questions our fostering advisor is the person to ask. He or she will advise you of the process as well as the types of placements available and the next steps of your journey.

Your application

Our fostering advisor will write a report based on what you tell him or her. This information will be assessed by a Social Worker, who decides how best to proceed. You may then be asked to apply to become a foster carer, you’ll complete an application form and give your consent for us to complete certain checks and references.

How a fostering assessment works

Once we have your application form we undertake an assessment which helps us identify your skills and qualities.

The Social Worker responsible for your assessment will visit you and your family at home several times over a period of a few months to learn more about you. The type of things they’ll need to know more about will include your childhood, past relationships, work history, health, family and personal interests.

They’ll also carry out checks on your home safety and pets. It’s also necessary that you identify your support network. Your Social Worker will visit the family members and friends you’ve nominated as referees. Based on all of this information, a Form F document will be completed.

We’ll invite you to attend our ‘Journey to Foster training‘. This pre-approval course is designed to help get a real insight into fostering. You’ll get the chance to meet other potential carers from your area, as well as speak to current foster carers.

References and checks

The application process involves a number of references and checks, including:

  • Local authority residency checks going back ten years
  • Ex-partner checks
  • A medical report from your GP
  • Written references from at least three personal referees
  • Educational references for any children in your home
  • Evidence of citizenship
  • Previous employer or foster care agency references
  • Enquiries to Local Authorities and child protection records (this includes any previous involvement with services for children or vulnerable adults)
  • A safety check on your home, including pets

The next steps

After completing the Form F we’ll help you prepare for the fostering panel. The panel is made up of a group of fostering professionals who will make a recommendation to the Agency Decision Maker regarding your approval as a foster carer.

Upon approval you’ll officially start on a journey of changing the lives of vulnerable young people for the better!

Altogether the process can take between four and six months.

If you have any questions about the application process, or you are interested in becoming a foster carer, just call us on 0141 646 4805, we’re always ready to help! You can also complete our short enquiry form below, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.


How can we help?

If you would like some more information to help you decide whether fostering is for you all you need to do is contact us.

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Phone us

Call us on 0141 646 4805 (lines open Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm)

Fostering a child or young person is a big decision so we’re here to answer any questions you may have. Our friendly fostering advisors can talk you through everything you need to know about becoming a foster carer.

Outside of these hours please call 0800 434 6000Freephone lines open Mon to Thurs – 5pm to 8pm.

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