At Ascent Fostering we follow a very clear and easy step by step process to transfer.


A one to one consultation we will discuss our therapeutic way of working and ensure Ascent is the right agency for you.

Initial Visit

When you are ready to take the next step we will visit you at home and discuss your situation further and answer any further questions you may have.

Meet with our Directors & Application

Ascent is a small family, our directors always like to say hi and get to know our potential new carers. If you are happy at this stage you can start your application with us.

Intension to transfer

You will need to notify your current agency or local authority that you intend to transfer, if you have a child in placement you must also inform the child’s placing local authority.

Assessment process

As an experienced carer we will fast track your application with your assigned assessor, the aim will be to complete the assessment within 12 weeks.

Transfer protocol

This meeting will take place within 28 days of your intension to transfer. The meeting is to discuss the needs of the children and what support they will need. This will include the SSW, the child’s social worker, the foster carers, and any professional deemed appropriate to attend and contribute to the meeting, there is normally a separate meeting with commissioning and the agency to discuss finances and fostering allowances.


Our independent panel will review your assessment and make recommendations to our agency decision maker. A decision will be made within 7 days.

Transfer to our Family

Now it’s time to formally resign from your existing agency and join the Ascent Family. If you don’t have a child in placement you can resign at any point during the process. However, if you do have a child in placement resignation can only be given to your existing agency or local authority when a recommendation for approval has been received by the Ascent panel. There is a notice period of 28 day for resignation.

We recognise that transferring agencies can seem like a big step, so a simple way to start would be to give us a call on 0203 7570070 and we can arrange a suitable time for a one to one chat about your particular circumstances.


If you would like to speak us about how to become a foster carer contact us, you can do so in a variety of ways.
Send us an email, give us a call or say hello on social media!

If you have any questions about fostering, do not hesitate to ask us and we will provide you with all the information you need. Ascent Fostering has over 30 years of experience in fostering children and our team can support you every step of the way.

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Ascent Fostering Agency
Hillcrest House
51 Woodcote Road