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Questions about fostering

Frequently asked questions about fostering.

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You will probably have lots of questions about whether or not you can foster.

Before you start the process take a look at some of the most commonly asked questions.

If any of these popular myths have stopped you from fostering, think again…

I’m not the right age

21 is the youngest age that we will consider for foster carers but we don't have any upper age limits.

I don’t own my own home

You don't need to own your own home to foster. If you are looking after a child aged two or over then you will need to have a spare bedroom.

I’m single

Marital status and sexuality is not a barrier to fostering. Our foster carers may be single, married, in a civil partnership, divorced or living with a partner. We welcome applications from everyone whether straight, gay, lesbian or bi-sexual.

I don’t have children

Having your own child is not a requirement. You may be good with children thanks to working with them, through your family and friends, or volunteering. If you do have children of your own we carefully match foster children to your family and circumstances.

I haven’t worked with children or young people

We're happy to have foster carers from all sorts of backgrounds so we can offer a variety of homes. We offer excellent training, support and development so you're ready for the rewards and challenges fostering brings. If you haven't worked with kids we only ask that you've got some experience caring for them through family or volunteering.

I’d love to foster but I work

There are different types of fostering so you can still do it while working. Many of our working foster carers offer short-break or respite foster care.

I am a disabled person – can I foster?

Yes. People with disabilities do become foster carers and make a valuable contribution to fostering. As part of the approval process for all foster carers, your GP will need to verify that you are physically able to look after children and not putting your own health at risk.

To find out more about becoming a foster carer fill in an enquiry form or tel: 0800 083 77 44.