How to become a foster carer

Transferring from another agency

If you are already registered with another fostering agency and would like to transfer to us, we would like to hear from you.

We will meet with you to:

  • talk about your current situation and your reasons for wanting to transfer
  • tell you more about how the transfer process works
  • carry out an initial assessment to gather more information

If you don't currently have a foster child placed with you

The transfer process is relatively simple if you don't currently have a foster child placed with you. We will need to:

  • complete the usual assessment processes
  • check personal references
  • check, references from your current agency
  • visit you current agency to view your current form F and review your file

This process usually takes around 3 months to complete and will require you giving 28 days' notice to your current fostering provider.

If you have a foster child placed with you

If you have a foster child placed with you, we must be sure not disrupt their placement. We will meet with the authority that placed the child and usually it can be agreed that the foster child will transfer with you.

In these situations, the terms of the placement – for both yourselves and the local authority – will be honoured for its duration.

Contact us for more information or to discuss the process.

Fostering team
Our dedicated team will be happy to speak with you over the phone to answer your questions.

: 0800 652 1256 (freephone)

: fostering.adoption@thurrock.gov.uk