Requirements

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You can foster

To foster a child or young person you will need at least one spare bedroom (or more depending on the number of children you would like to foster) and the time in your life to look after and care for the child, children or young people in your care.

There are many myths and misconceptions which prevent potential foster carers making that all important first step to becoming a foster carer. Are you one of them?

We have complied a list of some of the most common mistaken beliefs:

Can you foster?

I work; can I foster? Yes you can foster, providing your work is flexible and will enable you to attend important meetings and be available for the child or young person in your care.

I'm on benefits; can I foster? Yes you can.

I’m single; can I foster? Yes you can.

I’m in a same sex relationship; can I foster? Yes you can.

I don’t have my own children; can I foster? Yes you can. However, we look for you to have experience looking after or working with children or young people.

I don’t own my home; can I foster? Yes, providing your living accommodation is stable (i.e. long term rental), you can foster.

I’m retired; am I too old to foster? No. As part of the assessment process all foster carers are asked to take a medical. If you pass that, yes you can foster.

 

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