Become a part of Barnet’s fostering family

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Fostering process

Steps include the following:

Step one

You’ve decided you might want to be a foster carer. At this point a member of our team visits you and your family at home to discuss your potential.

​Step two

You complete the Fostering Application form. You or you and your partner will be invited to attend our local 3 day Skills to Foster training course. The course is run by one of our foster carers and members of our team. You will also meet young people who have experienced foster care.

Step three

This is your fostering assessment. Steps two and three may happen at the same time.

You will meet with your assessing social worker over an average period of four months to get to know you and your family a lot better. We will support you throughout this process and you will be partnered with one of our experienced foster carers to learn more.

Step four

Once you have completed your assessment (Step 3) you and your social worker will write a report that goes to our fostering panel. You will attend the fostering panel, where the decision will be made as to whether you will become a foster carer.

Fostering timeline

timeline of the fostering process


The timing of this can vary dependent on you and your family’s needs, to speed it up or slow it down. 


If you are transferring from an IFA or have previous experience of being a registered foster carer you may be fast-tracked.

£500 Referral Reward

 If you are a foster carer for Barnet or work for Barnet Council we will pay £500 if you successfully recommend a friend or relative to our Fostering Service. Payment will be made on their first placement.

Contact us

Tel: 020 8359 6274

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