becoming a Fortitude carer

Becoming a foster carer is about going on a journey of learning and discovery. As you move along the process, we will guide you through the stages to ensure your experience is enjoyable and rewarding. 


Can I foster with Fortitude? Take this simple quiz:

  1. Do you have a spare bedroom?

  2. Are you over 21?

  3. Are you in good physical and mental health?

  4. Are you prepared to fully disclose criminal convictions that may or may not preclude you from fostering depending on the offence and circumstances surrounding these?

  5. Do you enjoy a challenge?

  6. Do you want to learn about fostering?

  7. Do you want to work want with children & young people in innovative and creative ways?

1. make an enquiry

We treat every fostering enquiry on its own merit. This means that in considering our criteria based on the quiz, we recognise that everyone is unique. Therefore we welcome the opportunity to discuss your particular circumstances with you to consider how we might progress your fostering career.

2. home visit

After your initial enquiry, if you are ready to move to the next stage we will arrange a home visit at a mutually convenient time. The Home visit is our opportunity to meet you and any other members of your household in the home you intend to foster. We will also answer any questions that you may have and provide you with more information about fostering with fortitude.


We hope that after the home visit you will be inspired to foster with us. If this is the case we will ask you to complete a simple application form. Once we have this form we will match you with a qualified and experienced Social Worker that will complete your fostering assessment.

3. fostering assessment

The fostering assessment is designed to help you reflect on your skills, experience and knowledge in relation to the fostering task. It will involve meeting with your Social Worker regularly, completing some written work and attending training. If you are a cohabitating couple you will both need to be involved in the application and assessment, along with any children or other members of the household. The assessment process also includes the completion of a number of statutory checks which draw information from different sources to assess your suitability to foster. These checks will only be carried out with your written permission and include:


  • Heath assessment completed by your GP

  • Local authority check

  • DBS checks

  • Checks with your children’s schools

  • Employer reference

  • Ex – Partner reference

  • Pet questionnaire

  • Health & Safety check on your home

  • Landlord agreement to use their property for fostering (if you rent your home)


Fostering assessments can take up to 4 months to complete, although we can work to shorter time frames, depending on your availability. 

4. fostering panel

Once completed, the assessment will be presented to your Fortitude Fostering Panel, which you will be invited to attend. This panel is made up of independent members with backgrounds in fostering, health, education and social work. They will consider you application the details of the assessment and make a recommendation in relation to your approval.


Upon approval we will start the process of matching you with a child or children and hopefully you will be up and running before you know it!