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Fostering Initial Enquiry Form

Your details

As a foster carer you will need to attend meetings and appointments during the day and your working arrangements need to be flexible enough for you to be available at the times when a child needs you, including school holidays.

Your relationship

Contact details

Your suitability for fostering: to apply to be a foster carer, we need you to confirm the following details:
We need all our foster carers to have a spare bedroom available full time, so a fostered child has a space to call their own. If you want to discuss this with one of our social workers, please give us a call on 020 8545 4070.
So that children in our care are kept healthy, all household members must have stopped smoking for 6 months before we can progress your interest. Please do come back to us at that stage and we will be happy to talk to you about fostering with Merton.
If you are expecting a baby we would prefer you to wait until your baby is about 1 year old before we would progress your interest in fostering. Please do contact us again at this time and we wish you all the best in the meantime.
If you are not available in the day, it is still possible you might be able to foster for Merton but we would need to discuss your work and home arrangements with you. Please call us on 020 8545 4070.
We may need you to transport a child to a local school. For this reason we prioritise people who live locally. If you do not live within a short distance of Merton, you might still be able to foster for us, please call us on 020 8545 4070 to discuss.


Thank you for expressing an interest in fostering. This form will be transferred to a member of the fostering service who contact you to discuss your next steps.

In the meantime, if you have any queries about the information on this form please do not hesitate to call us on 020 8545 4070.