Transferring from an IFA or other local authority

Do you foster with another IFA (fostering agency) or local authority?

If you already foster with an independent fostering agency (IFA) or another local authority and wish to transfer to us, one of our experienced fostering social workers who understands the issues will be put in touch with you. This will help you explore confidentially whether a move is right for you and give you the time you need to consider this big step.

We have a great deal of experience of working with foster carers who transfer; our aim is to make the process as easy and as smooth as possible for you.  You’ll find the process of transferring significantly easier and quicker than your original approval.  You won’t be out of pocket if you decide to transfer, our allowances and skills fees are very competitive.

If you wish to transfer, we would not contact your current agency until you have had the chance to discuss your plans with them.

Once you decide to transfer we allocate one of our fostering social workers to complete the assessment, who will contact your current agency to discuss and agree transfer arrangements - including the timing of your proposed move and how to ensure the transfer will not disrupt or negatively affect any children in placement. 

One of our social workers will visit you to update your last Form F describing your fostering experiences to date (this process is much quicker than a new assessment). 

We present your report to our Fostering Panel to seek ‘in principle agreement’ to your approval.

We will arrange with you and your current agency the date at which this new approval will come into effect and the date the old approval will end.  We confirm with you, any children in placement and their social workers once the transfer is process has been completed.

Further guidance can be obtained from the Fostering Network Transfer Protocol

Get in touch with us today to find out more about joining Oxfordshire.

What Elaine and Derek said about their experience.

"We were guided throughout the move and we are very pleased we decided to make the move, it was easy for us and did not affect our fostered child at all.  We are still very impressed with the support we receive".