​If you are interested in fostering, then we encourage you to give our friendly team a call so that we can discuss if fostering is right for you and what type of fostering would best suit your skills or situation.

We need carers who are as diverse as our children and young people. Whatever your age, marital status, or sexuality you can be considered for fostering.

Get in touch!

Register your interest in fostering 

You can give our friendly team a call today on 0300 126 1009 or email us at fostering@nctrust.co.uk.

 

The application process

Step 1: Your enquiry

​​Get in touch to let us know you’re interested in becoming a foster carer.

You can do this by:

  • completing our online enquiry form
  • calling the team on 0300 126 1009

Once we know you are interested you will be invited along to one of our open evenings where you will be able to learn about the children and young people needing foster homes, meet foster carers and talk further to the team who will answer your questions and tell you more about the process of becoming a foster carer.

There is no obligation to take your enquiry further if you are not ready at this stage, we will work together with you to make sure the time is right and that you have everything needed to become a foster carer.

Step 2: Home visit

​If you are happy to proceed to the next step, and you have all the requirements needed to be a foster carer, a social worker from our team will arrange a time suitable to visit your home to talk through your enquiry in more detail including your personal circumstances and answer any further questions you may have.

Step 3: Stage one

​At this stage you will be allocated a supervising social worker who will work through a fostering assessment pack with you which includes detailed background checks, a health check and references. Your social worker will support you through this.

Children and young people who are fostered are very vulnerable, and this helps us to find out about your potential as a foster carer. It also helps us decide together with you about the type of fostering you could do, and the different children and young people you could foster.

At stage one, you will also begin a training programme to help develop your skills and knowledge in different areas connected to fostering which will help prepare you for the role.

Step 4: Stage two

​Stage two involves a comprehensive assessment including your family background, your family life and relationships. During this step we will confirm the type of fostering that is best for you and your family, and the age range of the children and young people you could foster.

You will continue your training and also be linked with a buddy foster carer who is experienced in fostering and will give you support and advice when you need it.

When your assessment is complete, you will be given the chance to read it before it is presented to the fostering panel for consideration.

Step 5: Fostering panel

​​Our fostering panel is made up of experienced children’s social care professionals who will consider your application to become a foster carer with us.

The panel will make a recommendation to the decision maker, and it will then be decided if you are approved to become a foster carer. Your social worker will keep you updated and will give you all the support you need during this step.

Step 6: Approval

​If your application is approved by the decision maker, they will confirm that you are approved as a foster carer with Northamptonshire Children’s Trust, and it won’t be long until you are welcoming a child or young person into your home.

Your social worker will keep you informed and will work closely with you to match you with the child/children the needing foster homes.

Step 7: Training

​Once you are approved you will be able to take part in a vast range of training courses to help you develop and grow in your role as a foster carer. Training courses are run by friendly, experienced professionals and include different topics such as behaviour, attachment, health, disability, communication, drugs and alcohol, internet safety, life story work – to name a few!

You will be put in touch with local foster carer support groups and
there will be support for your own children if needed. You will be invited to join the Northamptonshire Foster Carers’ Association (NFCA) and be given membership to national fostering organisation, The Fostering Network.