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Become a foster carer

  • Children, young people and families

Get in touch, call 020 8359 6274 or email fostering@barnet.gov.uk  and you can speak to one of our team or we can put you in touch with an experienced foster carer for a one-to-one chat.

Step one

You’ve decided you 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 for fostering.

​Step two

You and your partner (if applicable) will be invited to attend our local 3 day Skills to Foster training course.

Courses are run at weekends and on weekdays. 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.

There's an application form you will need to complete either before or after the course and we can help you with this.

Step three

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

The assessment is where we explore many areas of your life to ensure you have the potential to be a foster carer.

You will meet with one of our social workers 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 can be partnered with one of our experienced foster carers to learn more.

As part of this process, we will need to carry out various checks and the social worker will fully explain these to you.

At the end of this assessment process your social worker will write a report that goes to our fostering panel.

Step four

You attend our fostering panel, which will consider your application.

If you’d like to find out more about steps one to four, call 020 8359 6274 or email fostering@barnet.gov.uk or come along to one of our no obligation information sessions.

You can also find out more information in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Please see our latest up-to-date allowances information.


  • Fostering Service
  • North London Business Park (NLBP), Oakleigh Road South, London N11 1NP
  • Tel: 020 8359 6274
  • FAX: 0870 889 5933
  • Email: fostering@barnet.gov.uk

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