Switch Agency

Do you feel as though you need or deserve more support and recognition for the work you do?

As a foster carer you should know that you always have the right to change fostering providers. We understand that as a foster carer, your priority will always be the stability of the children or young people you look after, we share this same view!

Care 4 Children’s fostering team make the entire process straightforward and seamless, providing as little disruption as possible to your placement. We understand that there are often understandable and valid reasons for carers wanting to transfer agency. You may feel as though you require a change, or perhaps some consistency or support. We always welcome applications from foster carers who wish to transfer and invite you to contact us and let us tell you how we do things a little differently.

Our fostering team are committed to supporting the terms of your current placement, which means that you will continue receiving the same level of payment and expenses if not more. We pride ourselves on our support network services and training and we are committed to providing you with a service that will make you feel part of our team.

Should you not currently have any children in placement, the process for transferring is more straightforward, however we will still work to the same process in terms of completing a fostering assessment.

In essence, the transfer process works as follows:


  • We will arrange a home visit to discuss and answer any questions you may have.

  • Should you wish to join us, you would need to notify your agency in writing with your intention to resign.

  • A meeting is arranged between ourselves and your current agency. Social workers of any young people in placement are also informed. The transfer arrangements are decribed in more detail in ‘The Fostering Network Transfer Protocol 2014.’

  • This includes set timescales and is to ensure that children and young people in placement are not disrupted.

  • A new Form F assessment and supporting documentation is completed by a social worker from our fostering team (this is far less lengthy than your first Form F).

  • Your Form F is then presented to the fostering panel with Care 4 Children’s fostering team, where your current approval will end  and you may become approved by us.

  • Social workers of children and young people in placement are formally informed that the transfer has been completed.

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