Transferring Fostering Agencies FAQs

If you’re thinking of transferring fostering agencies, you may have some specific questions. Read our transferring FAQs below. If your question isn’t answered here, please feel free to contact us.

Can I transfer to TACT from any fostering service?

Yes, you can transfer to TACT from any local authority or private fostering agency. If you are in any doubt, there are transfer protocols for England, Scotland and Wales.

Can I transfer if I have children already in placement?

Yes, you can transfer with or without any children in placement. We will just need to ensure that the young person’s best interests are at the forefront of any transfer request. Read our Transferring With Children In Placement page.

Will I need to tell my current agency or local authority that I am transferring?

Yes, you will need to notify your current fostering service that you intend to transfer to us. We will also make contact with them to initiate the transfer. More details are available on our How Do I Transfer Fostering Agency page.

Will I still need to go through the Form F process?

Yes, but in many cases we can ‘fast-track’ your assessment, meaning that the process will not take as long as when you first became a foster carer.

Will I still need to attend the Skills to Foster course?

No. As you have already taken this training with your current agency or local authority, there is no requirement for you to retake this when you transfer to us. However, you are more than welcome to attend if you wish! Our Skills to Foster courses are virtual, meaning that you can take part from the comfort of your own home.

How long will the transfer process take?

As a current foster carer, your assessment with TACT will be fast-tracked. The transfer process may be slightly different depending on which fostering service you’re transferring from or if you’re transferring with a child or young person. Once we have more information on your situation, we will be able to give you more accurate timescales.

How do I start the transfer process?

If you have already read our How Do I Transfer Fostering Agency guide, you can complete the form on this page and we will be in touch with you. Simply select the ‘I am currently a foster carer’ option on the form. Alternatively you can call us on 0330 123 2250.

“We chose to foster through TACT because they provide an exceptional support network and made us feel valued as foster carers.”

Helen – TACT Foster Carer since 2015