The Most Common Questions in Foster Care
What Are The Most Common Questions in Foster Care?
Are you thinking of fostering but have a few questions first? It’s understandable that you want to find out everything you can before applying to become a foster carer. Fostering is a big commitment that affects the whole family so this is why we’ve answered some of the most common questions people have below.
Are there any restrictions to who can apply?
We cannot stress enough that we’re looking for a diverse range of carers. There are actually very few limitations placed on who can apply.
Many people believe that they need to be married, own their own home, or have grown up children in order to foster; however, this isn’t the case. It’s important for us to have a wide range of carers from all backgrounds, as the children who enter our care come from all walks of life. There are a few simple questions we ask you first:
- Do you have a spare bedroom?
- Are you over 21?
- Do you have any criminal convictions?
- Are you in good health?
How many children can I foster?
The majority of our carers look after one child at a time. However, we are in desperate need of carers willing to take on siblings and this can range from two siblings to three or more
Will I be supported?
We provide continuous, around the clock support to each of our carers. You will have your own assigned social worker who will be available to you over the phone 24 hours a day. All of our new carers are also teamed up with a carer buddy. A carer buddy one of our experienced, existing carers who can support you and provide advice throughout the first year of your fostering journey.
Prior to taking on your first placement, we will provide you with full, in-depth training so you can be confident that you will have all the skills and knowledge you need to be a fantastic foster carer. We pride ourselves on the level of support we give to each of our carers, and the standard we work to means that you’ll never feel alone.