Who can foster
Almost anyone over 21 who has a spare room in their home can apply to be a foster carer. As a foster carer you need to have the time, skills and experience to meet the needs of vulnerable children and young people who are separated from their families.
Peterborough foster carers represent a range of ages and cultural, racial and religious backgrounds. We welcome applications from people who are single, married, in a civil partnership or living with a partner.
We are particularly keen to hear from people who are able to care for children within at least one of our priority groups.
- sibling groups (brothers and sisters)
- children over the age of 10 years and teenagers
- children with disabilities
- children with complex health and emotional needs
- children needing permanent or long term placements
- Parent and child
- Supported lodgings
Six steps to becoming a foster carer
1. Contact us
Get in touch by calling 0800 328 8433 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll send you a pack containing information about fostering with Peterborough City Council.
2. Arrange a home visit
When you are ready, we’ll arrange a time convenient to you when we can come and visit you and your family at home. This is a great opportunity to find out more about which type of fostering will be best for you and to ask any questions you might have.
3. Invitation to apply
At the home visit, we will discuss if now is the right time for you to go ahead. If so, we will invite you to apply to be a foster carer.
4. Attend 'Skills to foster' training
Our locally based training course runs for three days, dates will be discussed with you in advance as we are able top cater the course to people's needs. At the training you will get the chance to meet other potential foster carers, hear first hand from some of our looked after children and gain the skills you need to become a foster carer.
Existing carers transferring to Peterborough City Council attend a shorter version of this training.
5. Complete an assessment
A 'Form F assessment' is completed for all potential new foster carers. This includes us undertaking a number of background checks and gathering references. It is a very thorough and in-depth process, but your allocated assessing social worker will visit you regularly and support you through your assessment.
For carers transferring in from other agencies, we have a fast track process and you will not required to complete a full Form F.
6. Approval at fostering panel
Your assessment will be presented to our local fostering panel. You will be asked to attend along with your assessing social worker, to answer any questions the panel may have.
A recommendation will then be made by panel regarding your suitability to foster and the age group and number of children you are recommended to care for.
Once this recommendation has been verified by our Agency Decision Maker you will join our team of foster carers and will be ready to begin making a difference to the lives of our looked after children and young people.