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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.


To become a foster carer you must:

  • be over 21 years old
  • have a spare bedroom
  • have time and energy to care for a child or young person

You can be:

  • married, single, in a civil partnership, living with a partner, divorced or widowed
  • of any sexual orientation or gender identity
  • of any religion or no religion
  • of any cultural or ethnic background
  • a home owner or a tenant
  • any 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 fostering

You 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 carer

You can telephone or email us to find out about the process, or complete the form below

What happens next

Information event

After 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 visit

If you decide that you want to foster, we will visit you in your home to find out more about you.

Complete application form

On 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 assessment

When 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 approval

When 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 carer

It 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.


Tell me more about fostering

All fields are mandatory unless stated otherwise.

1. By phone

Call us on 0116 305 0505

Lines are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Or text FOSTER to 82222 

2. Using our secure fostering enquiry form

Please give us the details below and we'll be in touch.

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