What's the next step?
Once you have decided you are interested you (and your partner) will attend preparation and training sessions where you will receive more information about fostering, with the opportunity to meet a current foster carer.
A preparation course will cover a range of topics including early childhood experiences and the needs of children who have been accommodated, the legal framework and the roles of others you will be working alongside once a child is placed with you. It will provide you with an opportunity to talk through any issues and concerns you may have and hear first hand from a foster carer about the reality of fostering.
This should help to prepare you to look after a child who has been looked after and accommodated and help you understand how this may differ from raising your own child.