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Transfer to Team Fostering

“It was like night and day coming across to Team. They were absolutely fabulous and amazing. I cannot find fault with them.” 

- a quote taken from a foster carer during our 2018 Ofsted Inspection


Many of the enquiries we get about fostering at Team Fostering come from those who are already foster carers and wish to transfer to us from other agencies or providers across the North East, Yorkshire and East Midlands. This could be from other private agencies or from local authority fostering services, and sometimes the carers have a child or young person in placement with their current service that they continue to look after during and after the transfer process. With local offices in North Tyneside, Sheffield, Middlesbrough, Leeds and South Normanton, we're happy to speak to current carers that contact us to learn more.


We adhere to the Fostering Network's Transfer of Foster Carer Protocol. 


At Team Fostering we understand that making a decision to transfer agencies, or to learn more about doing so, is something that you are likely to have considered for some time before contacting us. We will answer any questions that you have about the process and we will not, at this initial stage, share information about your situation with your current provider, handling your enquiry professionally and with confidentiality. 


The main reasons that foster carers from other providers transfer to Team Fostering are:


If you transfer to Team Fostering with a child in placement, we will work closely with your current agency and relevant local authority to ensure that the transition for you and the child runs as smoothly as possible.

  • Will there be any break in my payments during the transfer?

No. We make sure that there is no break in payments while you are transferring, and this is so that you are able to provide the best quality of care.

  • Will I need to tell my current agency that I am transferring?

Yes, but only once we have formally invited you to apply, and you will be aware of this beforehand. Your agency will need to know that you are leaving and we will need to seek a reference from them, however advise you not to resign from them until you have been approved by our Panel.

  • Will I need to go through another full Form F Assessment?

Yes, however we are likely to fast-track your assessment as a current foster carer and we aim to get your Form F to panel within 4 months.

  • Will my pay match the fees paid at Team Fostering even if I currently receive less?

Yes. Even if you are currently paid less by your agency, your pay at Team Fostering will rise to match what all of our current carers are paid. For more information on fees and benefits, click here.

  • How do I start the transfer process?

To begin the transfer process, we are here to answer any questions you have in the first instance. You can contact us by submitting an online enquiry, calling us on 0800 292 2003 or emailing We also have a Live Chat operator who can take your details via the website. Following this, we will arrange for one of our friendly and experienced team members to come out and visit you to get to know you and your family a bit better. If all sides are happy to proceed, we will allocate you a Form F Assessor and begin an assessment to take to panel. We aim to complete transferring assessments in no longer than 4 months.


If you aren’t quite ready to register an enquiry with us but would like to chat with us about transferring agencies, more detail on our assessment process or anything else, contact your local Team Fostering office.