Here are some commonly asked questions about fostering. We might have covered other questions within the guide, however, if you can’t find the answer you’re looking for please give us a call (01282 686578) and we’ll be happy to help!  

Is there an age limit to foster care?

There is no upper age limit. You just need to be fit enough to complete fostering tasks and providing a safe home for children.

Can I work and foster?

Yes. There must be flexibility within your job or family to ensure you can successfully foster. Lots of carers work and foster.

Can I foster if I have a criminal record?

It depends on the conviction – if there are any convictions against children then no. It’s important to be honest from the offset about any convictions, and a full DBS check will be completed as part of the assessment.

Will I have to undertake training?

Yes. Your supervising social worker will discuss training options with you.

Do I need qualifications to foster?

No. You must attend the Skills to Foster training but you do not need any formal qualifications to foster.

Can I foster if I have pets?

Yes. We will complete a risk assessment for any animals you have . 

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