Transfer to Foster for Staffordshire FAQ's

Explore the most common questions we get asked when someone is thinking about transferring to the Foster for Staffordshire team.

Do I need to be assessed before transferring foster agencies?

You do need to be assessed, however the transfer process will be a lot faster than when you first applied to become a foster carer. We will not need to re-do your Form F assessment, we will visit your fostering agency to read it instead.

You’ll need:

  • A health check
  • A finance check
  • A DBS check

As soon as we’ve completed all the admin, your transfer request will go to a ‘Fostering Panel’ for approval.

Why should I transfer to Foster for Staffordshire?

One of the main reasons that people transfer to the Foster for Staffordshire team is because we don’t operate for a profit. Every penny allocated to our department goes back into providing the best care we can for the children in Staffordshire.

We can also match what your current foster care provider is already paying you for your support, and offer a wide range of training and support for the carers in our area.

Find out more about why you should transfer to become a Foster for Staffordshire foster carer.

How long will it take to transfer to Foster for Staffordshire from another foster agency?

The assessment process is a lot quicker than if you were to apply to become a foster carer with no prior experience, so you should be an approved Foster for Staffordshire foster carer within 10 weeks.

Does the foster carer transfer take longer if I’m currently fostering?

No, if you are currently fostering, then the application process is quicker and is straight forward if you are already caring for Staffordshire children. However if you are caring for children from another local authority we must assess the welfare requirements for the child or children in your care which make take a little longer.

Do I need previous fostering experience to transfer to Foster for Staffordshire?

If you’ve previously registered with another fostering agency but never fostered a child, you can still transfer to become a Foster for Staffordshire foster carer.

Whether you’re at the start of your fostering journey or are an experienced foster carer, we’d love you to join our team.

Can I transfer to Foster for Staffordshire if I’m looking after a Staffordshire child with my current agency?


Our main concern in any fostering situation is the welfare of the children in Staffordshire, so a meeting will be set up with all relevant parties (including your current fostering agency) to review any potential impact a transfer may have on the young person in your care.

Can I transfer if I foster a child from another area with an independent fostering agency?

Yes, you can. However, you must also have an additional spare bedroom so that you have availability to foster a Staffordshire child.

The main priority when someone transfers from a fostering agency to another provider (such as a local authority) is the welfare of the child.

We will discuss with you any potential impact a transfer may have on the child you are already fostering, and ensure that both the child's and your best interests are met. All parties (Foster for Staffordshire, yourself, and your current agency) must agree on a plan going forward to ensure the child’s welfare is put first. 

Transfer to Foster for Staffordshire today

If you’re still unsure about transferring to Foster for Staffordshire, then please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information. A member of our team will be more than happy to talk you through the application process and answer any questions you may have.

If you’re thinking about transferring fostering agencies to Foster for Staffordshire, please get in touch with our team be calling 0800 169 2061 or complete the enquiry form below.

  • Please tell us what information you would like.
  • Name
  • Are you an approved foster carer?
  • Do you have a spare bedroom?
  • Are you over 21?
  • Do you have experience of working with vulnerable children?
  • How did you hear about fostering with Staffordshire County Council?
  • Foster for Staffordshire takes the requirements of GDPR seriously in ensuring the privacy and lawful processing of personal data provided to us by you. Please view our privacy notice which explains how we will manage and use your personal data.