Fostering for family and friends

When a child becomes looked after by us and they are placed with a friend or family member, it is a legal requirement that we seek to approve the adult(s) as temporary foster carers.

An initial assessment will be completed within seven days to establish if we can approve you as a temporary family and friends foster carer.

We will need to obtain permission from you, members of your household and regular visitors who are aged 18 years and above so that police checks, local authority checks including education and children services and medical checks for the main applicants with their GP can be made.

If you would like this information translated into another language please discuss this with the assessing social worker.

What if I want to apply for a special guardianship or care arrangement order?

These are private law applications that a family and friends carer can make and we will be discussing these with you and the child’s parents throughout the assessment period.

Visit our page on special guardianship for more information

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