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1.Fostering for the first time


It's easier than you may think to become a foster carer with East Riding. We aim to complete your application in four months, and you'll be fully supported by our caring team each step of the way.

Steps to becoming a foster carer

Informal chat

To take the first steps, you can either email us, fill in our online enquiry form or give us a call. Once we have received your message, we’ll get in touch and send out an information pack. One of our friendly team will give you a call to see if you have any questions and if you would like us to arrange an initial visit with you.

Initial visit with our team

We will arrange to visit you (and your partner if you have one) at your home to talk about fostering in more detail and learn more about you and the sort of care you could potentially provide.


After the initial visit, we will allocate a social worker to start your fostering assessment. They will come and visit you regularly and work with you to complete a report. The report will go into lots of detail and is an in-depth piece of work. We will also carry out checks during this period, including verifying references, getting a medical report and obtaining a DBS check (Disclosure and Barring service).

Skills for foster training

During the assessment, we will invite you to attend one of our ‘Skills to Foster’ courses. All applicants will need to attend. The training is fun and interactive, and will give you a chance to meet some of our foster carers and talk to other people starting their fostering journey.

Fostering panel and approval

Nearly there! The final step to become a foster carer is to attend our fostering panel with your social worker. Although this may sound daunting, everyone is very friendly and eager to chat and ask you some questions. The panel is made up of a range of different people with personal and professional experience relevant to fostering. They will make a recommendation to the Agency Decision Maker and if all has gone well, then you will soon be welcoming a child or children into your home.

Make the first step...

Got a specific question, or just want an informal chat? Send us your details and our friendly fostering team will be in touch…

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Example 1

Susan is a new foster carer, she is a level one carer and looks after Oscar aged 3.

Susan receives a weekly payment of £276.13.

The additional payments for holidays and birthdays, alongside an annual ‘loyalty bonus’ equates to an additional £22.20 per week.

So overall Susan will receive £15,513.28 per year, tax free, roughly equivalent to an annual taxable salary of around £17,000 per year.

Example 2

Tony has been fostering for 8 years and is a level three carer. He looks after Cody, aged 16.

Tony receives a weekly payment of £486.05.

This means Tony receives £27,628.80 per year including his additional payments and loyalty bonus, roughly equivalent to an annual taxable salary of around £34,000 per year.

Example 3

Jessica has been fostering for three years and is a level two carer. Jessica fosters a sibling group of three girls, Chloe, 6 years, Gracie, age 11 and Evie, age 15.

Jessica receives a weekly payment of £1,099.94.

With the additional loyalty bonus, holiday and birthday allowances Jessica will receive £58,296.82 per year, roughly equivalent to an annual salary of £84,000 per year.