Thinking about fostering?

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update:
We are continuing to recruit foster carers during this time. We have adapted our practice to ensure everyone's safety. All visits will be undertaken virtually (via video link) for the time being so please get in touch if you are interested in fostering and supporting our most vulnerable children in Sutton.

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Sutton are recruiting for more foster carers to care for the children in our borough. We are particularly in need of people who would like to care for teenagers and sibling groups.

Foster carers do not need to have any specific qualifications and Sutton welcome people to apply from all backgrounds, religions and sexualities. 

We want to hear from you if you: 

  • have a passion for caring for children

  • have a good sense of humour 

  • possess a sense of emotional resilience and patience

  • are able to work with a range of different people as a part of a team 

  • are over 21 

  • have a spare room  

  • have basic computer skills 

  • do not have any criminal convictions/cautions against children

Before you can become an approved foster carer you and your family will need to engage in a fostering assessment. The assessment is split into two stages: 

  • Stage one takes around eight weeks and involves us undertaking a number of checks and references including criminal records checks and medicals. 

  • Stage two takes around four months. It is a formal assessment process in which an assessing social worker will visit you and your family in your home a number of times in order to consider your suitability to foster. The social worker will compile a report at the end of this stage detailing the discussions you have had and their recommendations regarding your suitability to foster.

Once stage two is completed then you will attend the fostering panel with your assessing social worker. The panel will consider your assessment and make a recommendation as to whether you should be an approved foster carer for Sutton.