Foster Carers need to be able to offer:

  • A safe family environment, time, commitment and lots of energy

  • A spare room in their home to accommodate a child or young person

  • Practical support to help a child or young person in their education

  • The ability to look after the health and well-being of a child or young person

  • The ability to communicate effectively, not only with children and young people, but with social services, the children’s birth families and others concerned with the well-being of the children.

There are no formal qualifications required to become a Foster Carer. If you are over 25, with a spare room, you can apply to become a Foster Carer with Care Visions Fostering Scotland. You are eligible to apply whether you are single or a couple; have children of your own or not; whether you own your home or rent and we welcome all ethnic backgrounds and LGBT couples or single people. The most important quality is life experience and the ability to provide a caring, supportive home. We make every effort to place a child with a foster family who can best meet their needs, so we need carers from a variety of background.

Steps to becoming a Foster Carer

Once we receive your initial enquiry, we will send you an information pack which details the process of Fostering in Scotland. If you wish to pursue this further, we will arrange a home visit, where we will discuss what being a Foster Carer involves. You will then be invited to attend preparation sessions organised by Care Visions Fostering Scotland. Following this, a formal assessment process, which can take up to six months, will begin. If at any point you decide that you do not want to progress with your application to be a Foster Carer, you can withdraw at any stage.

The Fostering Assessment Process

1. The assessment is carried out by a qualified Social Worker, and involves a series of discussions with you and other members of your household, both individually and in group sessions. This will include detailed discussions on many areas of your life so that we can understand how you and your family unit function.

2. A range of checks will be carried out on all applicants including with the following agencies:

  • Disclosure Scotland

  • Local Authority Social Work Department

  • Employers

  • Education (if you have children)

3. Full medical reports will be required from your GP

4. We require three independent references from people who have known you for more than two years, one of which can be from a family member.

5. Following completion of the assessment, your application is considered in full by an independent Fostering Panel, which you will be invited to attend along with the assessing Social Worker.

6. The Fostering Panel then makes a recommendation to the Care Visions Fostering Scotland Agency Decision Maker, who is responsible for the final decision on your approval. The Agency Decision Maker will write to you formally with their final decision and the reasons for this.

7. If your application is successful, you will be allocated a Supervising Social Worker who will be your main source of support as a Foster Carer for all matters relating to fostering, and arrangements will be made for Induction Training.