Resignation – a foster carers guide

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  • Author:FosterWiki
  • Published:June 2023
  • Country: United Kingdom


A foster carers guide to tendering resignation, how, when and templates

A foster carers guide to tendering resignation, how, when and templates.

Introduction to tendering your resignation

Your resignation will be personal to you, however in our experience whatever your reasons for resigning it is important to get it right.

Different reasons you may want to resign:

  • Retirement.
  • Changing careers/leaving fostering.
  • Ill health.
  • Unhappy with your provider or fostering.
  • Transferring to another agency.
  • Burn out.
  • Can’t afford it.
  • Allegations.

Before you tendering your resignation

There are many reasons foster carer’s resign, however make sure before you do you have explored all the options, as loosing a foster carer, even one, has a negative impact on fostering.

If you are retiring naturally or through ill health then that’s a natural resignation and we wish you the best of luck in the future.

If you are resigning due to discontent have you tried to reach out to your fostering service to work together to resolve the issues? If you are a FosterWiki Member you can email our advice line on [email protected]

If you are resigning due to being unhappy with your fostering services of feel undervalued or unsupported and have explored all the avenues or the relationship has irreversibly broken down?

If so then why not considered transferring to another provider rather than leaving fostering?

If this could be an option contact us at [email protected] or visit

Retirement, ill health, no longer able to foster

If you have no children in placement and are leaving fostering, and have no current allegation against you then resignation is pretty straight forward.

You will still be de-registered from the fostering service by panel, but it will be a straight forward tick box exercise.

Resigning because you are transferring to another provider

If you have children in placement then you need to follow the protocol to the letter as you can neither work for 2 fostering services at once, nor can you not be an approved foster carer if you have foster children currently living with you and transferring with you, therefore it all needs to be done on the same day. You will be assisted by your new fostering agency.

You will have already put in your ‘Intention to transfer’ letter (also see the FosterWiki guide and templates in the FosterWiki Member’s Area .

This is from the FosterWiki page on transferring;

If you have no children currently and are transferring

This is not as critical and you can resign at any time, although you again, must not be registered with two fostering services at once.

FosterWiki pages on transferring;

If you want to transfer to another agency but have no children in placement then you can simply resign and sign up with your new chosen agency. Here is help in transferring fostering services:

Whatever you do, do not resign whilst you have children in placement, or you will have children in placement without being a registered foster carer.

Resigning due to being unhappy with your provider

If you are resigning because you feel you have been treated badly, poorly supported or angry over an other issue, it is still best to keep the resignation short and professional, although you might want to carefully state the reasons for your resignation. As hard as it can be, avoid knee jerk reactions/responses or very long angry emails that will most likely not be read.

Resignation due to an Allegation

Some carers resign during an allegation, but it’s very important to note that this does not make the allegation go away and it means you or your union can not defend you and you will be deregistered for any reason they wish and they may present your resignation as some kind of admission of guilt.

It will negatively impact on the de-registration and maybe even your DBS and ability to foster again.

Resigning with a child in placement

Whatever reason you have for resigning if you have children or young people in placement this makes it more complex. The placement may have irrevocably broken down, you may have been trying to get more support or have asked for a child to be moved to a setting that is better placed to meet their needs. We know very few foster carers resign with children in placement and if they do it’s because they have no option left to them.

Here is the FosterWiki guide to ending a placement:

Exit Interview

Exit Interviews should be always be offered, all good fostering providers should use it as an opportunity to reflect and learn from your resignation as retention of foster carers is key.

If you are not offered an Exit Interview but would like to have one request one in writing, your request should not be denied.

Time Scales

If you are resigning without children in placement then you can either give 28 days notice, however you are also at liberty to resign ‘with immediate effect’. If you have children in placement then you must give 28 days notice.

If you are transferring follow the transfer protocol, if you have children in placement your resignation and switch to new agency must happen on the same day, as you can not foster for more than one agency at once, neither can you foster children without being a current approved and registered foster carer.

If you are transferring to a new agency and have no children in placement you can resign when you like.


These templates are just intended as a guide, you can personalise them and add things, each one will be according to your unique set of circumstances.

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