We get lots of questions when we speak to people about fostering and becoming a foster carer, so we’ve put some of the most frequently asked fostering questions together to help you. Just click on the FAQ to find out the answer.

→ Does fostering have an age limit?

No! Everyone has experiences and knowledge they can bring to fostering whether they are old or young.

As long as you have a safe home, time to commit and love to give to a child or young person, you could be a foster carer.

→ I rent my home, does that matter?

No, you can foster in rented accommodation as long as your landlord agrees.

→ Can I foster if I have pets?

Yes, in fact animals can be a kind of therapy for some children!

→ Do I need to be married or in a relationship to be a foster carer

No, but it will prove essential to have a support system around you, even if this is family and friends.

→ Can I foster as a same-sex couple?

Of course! This can actually be really helpful for some young people and we are proud to have carers from all backgrounds.

→ Can I foster if you can’t drive?

Unfortunately we do not accept applications from people who cannot drive as appointments, meetings and safe transportation are very important. Many of the children will have contact with parents and loved ones which you would have to take them to, and there is also a potential that some young people’s educational needs could not be met at a local school.

→ Can I have another job while fostering?

This depends on the placement you have. You will need to be available to attend meetings, training, ensure your foster child is at school, collect them, and supervise them as fostered children cannot be at home alone. If you have a job that allows you to work flexibly or work from home, you can discuss this with us.

→ I have a criminal record, can I still be a foster carer?

Having a criminal record does not automatically stop you becoming a carer. However, it will depend on the offence, how long ago it was etc. If you have a criminal record, you can speak to us and we can advise you if it will be a problem.

→ Could my religion stop me fostering?

No! We encourage people from all backgrounds and faiths to become foster carers. We want foster carers as diverse as the children needing their help.

You can also learn more about the different types of fostering we offer. Once you have decided that you want to become a Foster Carer, you can look into what type of fostering would suit you best.

If you have a question about fostering that we haven’t answered above, or want to learn more about fostering, speak to our friendly team on 029 2081 1173 or enquire today.

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