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Frequently Asked Questions

You must be:

• Aged over 21years
• Have a spare room
• Patient, fun and a good communicator
• Resilient
• Have the time to support a child/young person
• Honest about criminal convictions -you cannot foster if you have convictions for offences against children. Other criminal offences may also affect your ability to foster.If you are not sure then please contact us to discuss
• Committed to participate in on-going training

Foster carers can work and many of our fosters carers do work. The most important aspect of fostering is being available to meet the needs of children and young which is vitally important to providing stability. As part of the assessment process your assessor will discuss this in more detail and look at areas such as your support network, working hours, will you be available to attend meetings, and to take children to appointments.

Yes we strive to promote diversity and want foster carers from different cultures, religions, genders, sexualities and status to be reflective of the communities children come from. We are inclusive therefore would welcome all enquiries.

Yes the most important things we look for are foster carers who want to care, can provide a safe and loving home, who are warm and loving, realistic, resilient, fun and have the time to support children and young people. However it is useful if you have previous experience of caring for or working with children or young people but this will by no means prevent you from fostering.

It is a requirement that all foster children have their own bedrooms therefore unless you were planning on moving to a larger property we would not be able to process any enquiries. However if you were planning onmoving we are happy to discuss this with you.

Having a disability does not exclude you from fostering. As part of the enquiry stage we will look at your circumstances.

We do not have an upper age limit when it comes to fostering. We take into consideration your general health, availability, resilience, desire to support and care for children / young people and home.

Choosing to foster is a big decision, and there are many different factors to consider. We answer some of the most frequently asked questions we hear from prospective foster carers, to help you with your decision making.

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