Home Education and children Fostering Become a foster carer The journey to become a foster carer - don't count yourself out. You need to have broad shoulders and a big heart but I’d urge people to find out more.Person:Trish and Norman, East Goscote. To become a foster carer you must:be over 21 years oldhave a spare bedroomhave time and energy to care for a child or young personYou can be:married, single, in a civil partnership, living with a partner, divorced or widowedof any sexual orientation or gender identityof any religion or no religionof any cultural or ethnic backgrounda home owner or a tenantany age living within or close to the Leicestershire County Council area, either in the city of Leicester or in neighbouring counties (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Rutland, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Staffordshire)Find out more about fosteringYou can ask questions about fostering at:a fostering information event fostering and adoption bus events. The bus appears at lots of places and events around Leicestershire. It provides anyone thinking of adopting or fostering with a great opportunity to find out more. We'll let you know future dates as soon as we can.Apply to become a foster carerYou can telephone or email us to find out about the process, or complete the form belowWhat happens nextInformation eventAfter you have given us some basic information, we will invite you to a 'find out about fostering' information event which will tell you all you need to know.Home visitIf you decide that you want to foster, we will visit you in your home to find out more about you.Complete application formOn the application form you will need to give the names and addresses of 3 referees, who we will contact.We will also carry out background checks including a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (formerly known as a CRB check). Training and assessmentWhen all the background checks are made and references followed up, a social worker will make a series of visits in your own home to get to know you and your family. At the same time, you'll need to go on our 'Skills to Foster' training courses.Going to panel for approvalWhen you've finished the 'Skills to Foster' training courses and your social worker has got enough information from you, your application will go to 'panel' for approval. The panel is made up of a number of professionals involved in fostering.Once approved, you will be ready to take placements.How long it takes to become a foster carerIt usually takes about 6 months from expressing an interest to being approved as a foster carer. If you’re thinking about fostering then you’re already half way there to being a good carer. Leicestershire County Council will support you brilliantly with the other half.Person:Sarah and John, Desford. Tell me more about fostering All fields are mandatory unless stated otherwise. 1. By phoneCall us on 0116 305 0505Lines are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pmOr text FOSTER to 82222 2. Using our secure fostering enquiry formPlease give us the details below and we'll be in touch. Name Email address What is this? Opens popup Email address Close popup Enter your email address Phone number What is this? Opens popup Phone number Close popup Enter your phone number Any Questions? Optional The data above will ONLY be used for the fostering enquiry process. We will not send you any unrelated information.The Leicestershire fostering team aim to contact you within one working day. Help us improve this page Hide content Was this page helpful? Yes It was helpful, but Please select a reasonthere's a broken link it's hard to understand it's incorrect it's outdated it's too long Other No Please select a reasonit didn't answer my question it's not detailed enough it's hard to understand it's incorrect it's outdated it's too long Other Details Email address We’ll only use this to ask for more detail if we need to.