Become a
Foster Carer

At Lika, we believe being able to transform
a young person’s life for the better is the
most wonderful gift anyone can give.

At Lika, we believe being able to transform a young person’s life for the better is the most wonderful gift anyone can give.

Being a foster carer can be challenging, but it’s also an extremely rewarding career. You have the opportunity to make a real difference in a young person’s life.

Foster carers provide a safe and supportive environment to vulnerable children in their time of greatest need.

By offering love and care, you can help break a cycle of abuse or neglect and help a young person rebuild their sense of self-worth — so they can grow and flourish into a happy, healthy adult.

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Become a
Foster Carer

At Lika, we believe being able to transform
a young person’s life for the better is
the most wonderful gift anyone can give.

become a foster carer

Being a foster carer can be challenging, but it’s also an extremely rewarding career. You have the opportunity to make a real difference in a young person’s life.

Foster carers provide a safe and supportive environment to vulnerable children in their time of greatest need.

By offering love and care, you can help break a cycle of abuse or neglect and help a young person rebuild their sense of self-worth — so they can grow and flourish into a happy, healthy adult.

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Am I eligible to
become a foster carer?

Am I eligible to become a foster carer?

If you’re thinking about becoming a foster carer, you probably have a lot of questions, including whether you’d be considered suitable for the job.

Here are two handy resources to help you quickly work out whether you’re likely to qualify!

QUIZ

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The agency you choose deeply affects your fostering experience

If you want to feel empowered as a foster carer, while being fully supported in a completely transparent care environment, Lika Family Fostering is a good choice for you.

The agency you choose deeply affects your fostering experience

If you want to feel empowered as a foster carer, while being fully supported in a completely transparent care environment, Lika Family Fostering is a good choice for you.

If you want to feel empowered as a foster carer, while being fully supported in a completely transparent care environment, Lika Family Fostering is a good choice for you.

We want every foster carer, and every foster child, to have an outstanding experience

At Lika, every decision we make is based on systemic principles — the idea that understanding what influences the way a person acts and thinks, and responding with the right techniques, can help them develop new and positive patterns that can be life-changing.

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At Lika, every decision we make is based on systemic principles — the idea that understanding what influences the way a person acts and thinks, and responding with the right techniques, can help them develop new and positive patterns that can be life-changing.

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What our carers say

“Lika is a caring and considerate agency that offers the support and training needed to suit every person’s individual needs… They have a wealth of experience which aids in providing you, the carer, with the support needed to help make a positive difference to the lives of looked-after children.”

FEEDBACK SURVEY 2020

Some common foster care
questions answered



How long does it take to become a foster carer?What training is offered to new foster carers?
About six months.

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Lots and lots!

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Can I be a foster carer and continue to work?How are foster carers and young people matched?
It depends.

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With a lot of care!

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How does the assessment process work?How much do I get paid to be a foster carer?
We’ve got more details here.Get more information here.


Do I get to choose the young person I’ll be fostering?What’s it like being a foster carer in the UK?
Sort of. Get more info here.Read about real experiences.


foster care questions

Some common foster care questions answered

How long does it take to become a foster carer?

About six months.

Get more information here

What training is offered to new foster carers?

Lots and lots!

Get more information here

Can I be a foster carer and continue to work?

It depends.

Get more information here

How are foster carers and young people matched?

With a lot of care.

Get more information here

How does the assessment process work?

We’ve got more details here.

How much do I get paid to be a foster carer?

Get more information here.

Do I get to choose the young person I’ll be fostering?

Sort of. Get more info here.

What’s it like being a foster carer in the UK?

Read about real experiences.

foster care questions

What Ofsted says

“Foster carers receive expert support and training to enable them to sensitively communicate with children and explore their emotional well-being… Children benefit significantly from the attention paid by the fostering agency to their emotional and therapeutic well-being.”

OFSTED REPORT 2019

5 steps to becoming a foster carer

become a foster parent
1.ContactArrange a time for one of our skilled and dedicated social care team to call you for a chat about all things fostering.
2.AssessmentAn initial home visit before moving into the first stage of the assessment process, including checks and references.
3.TrainingAttend a three-day skills to foster preparatory group and an ‘Introduction to Systemic Therapy’ training day.
4.QualificationSuccessful completion of your assessment process and initial training.
5.GraduationAttend our Independent Fostering panel, where a final decision will be made for you to become a fully approved foster carer.

5 steps to becoming a foster carer

1.Contact
Arrange a time for one of our skilled and dedicated social care team to call you for a chat about all things fostering.
2.Assessment
An initial home visit before moving into the first stage of the assessment process, including checks and references.
3.Training
Attend a three-day skills to foster preparatory group and an ‘Introduction to Systemic Therapy’ training day.
4.Qualification
Successful completion of your assessment process and initial training.
5.Graduation
Attend our Independent Fostering panel, where a final decision will be made for you to become a fully approved foster carer.
become a foster parent

Next Steps

If you’re keen to become a Lika foster carer, you can read more about our approach or find out about transferring to Lika.
If you have questions or you’re ready to get in touch, choose an option below

Next Steps

If you’re keen to become a Lika foster carer, you can read more about our approach or find out about transferring to Lika. If you have questions or you’re ready to get in touch, choose an option below