Transferring Foster Agencies FAQs

Here are some of the questions we are often asked by people thinking of transferring to us. 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 is a transfer protocol for England, Scotland and Wales here.

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 section here.

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. Read our ‘how to’ section here.

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?

Yes. We understand that, as a foster carer already, you will already have considerable knowledge about fostering – but this is a great opportunity to hear more about TACT, meet other carers and even share your knowledge within the sessions. Our Skills to Foster course is 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 guide here, 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 make us feel valued as foster carers.”

Helen – TACT Foster Carer since 2015