Fostering Questions & Answers
Frequently Asked Questions about Fostering
You don’t actually require any qualifications, as full training called ‘Skills to Foster’ will be provided. This training will take place part the way through your assessment to become a foster carer. Then, if you are approved, you will have the opportunity to undertake further training to widen your skill set.
You can be married, single, living together, in a civil partnership or separated/divorced.
You can foster and work – but a certain amount of flexibility would be helpful as school or nursery runs may have to be undertaken.
Many carers have their own children – we carefully match a child to your household. Having your own children gives you valuable childcare experience that could be useful when a child is placed with you.
Anyone can potentially become a carer, regardless of sexual orientation. Fostering should be inclusive and diverse.
A lot of children love pets, so other than any known allergies or fears, pets can be a good thing!
As long as you are able to care for a child, a disability shouldn’t preclude you from fostering.
The training and assessment process involves a residential weekend, eight to ten visits to your home, references, police checks and a full report to the fostering panel. This is hard to achieve in less than four months and more typically takes six months. Because we believe matching the carer with the child is very important, time will be taken to place the right child with you. Read more about the process of becoming a foster parent here.
We have carers from all walks of life, styles of life, racial backgrounds and from 21 to 60+ years. The main thing is the time, space and experience to cope with children from difficult backgrounds.
Yes, it is your home and you will always have the last word on who lives there. Your assessment will clarify the age and numbers of children for your approval and you will get all the available information to help you decide which children will be happy with you.
Most of the children we have in placement see their family away from the foster home. If they are safe and suitable people to visit their child in your home this can be reassuring to them and the child and you may be asked to agree to it.
How do I know they are a good agency to choose? We are a not-for-profit co-operative and are registered under Fostering Services Regulations (2002) in England and Wales. We are subject to regular inspections to ensure that everything is well run and the children are thriving. Click here for more details on Who We Are.