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Fostering with a Disability

Fostering with a Disability

At National Fostering Group, we have a diverse family of foster carers, and we encourage people from all walks of life to come forward and enquire about fostering with us, including people with physical and psychological disabilities. Our foster children and young people come from different backgrounds and some of them have disabilities, too. It is great for them to have positive role models of all kinds and we value the contribution our disabled foster carers make. You can read real-life examples in our case studies below.

What happens when you apply?

During your application process we will ask you about your disability and how it affects you day-to-day. You may have physical challenges, long-term health conditions or mental health disabilities. Whatever challenges you face, your wellbeing is important to us, and we want to ensure that your needs are met, as well as those of the foster child. We are keen to ensure that you are not taking on anything that could adversely affect your physical or mental health and that you receive the support you need. As you will see from the examples on this page, having a disability needn’t prevent you from achieving your dreams of becoming a foster carer.

Supporting you to foster

We understand that having any type of physical or psychological disability or impairment can be immensely challenging. It often requires patience, persistence, and determination to manage aspects of life that other people might regard as routine. These are exactly the qualities that benefit our children and young people and provide the basis for them to thrive. A foster carer who can empathise with young people who may have experienced many difficulties and challenges in their lives can be invaluable in guiding them towards a brighter future.

When you’re approved to foster, we will discuss with you how a foster child (or children) will be matched with you and your family. For example, some types of disabilities might make it more difficult to care for younger children, however, teenagers may be ideal. Wherever we can, we will support you to be able to foster in the way that you would like to. We provide high levels of support from our teams of supervising social workers and managers, support groups, buddies, mentors and training staff. We want you to feel properly equipped to look after the children in your care and know that there is a whole network of support behind you.

What we look for in a foster carer

At National Fostering Group, we welcome applications from people of all ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds, physical abilities and the LGBTQI+ community. You can be single or married; homeowner or tenant; young or old. All that really matters is your ability to care for a child. Take a look at our Who can foster a child page to find out more.

If you claim disability allowance, this will be unaffected by the payment of fostering allowance, find out more about our financial support. 

 

In the words of our Foster Carers

Read what some of our foster carers with disabilities have to say about fostering.

Darren’s Story

Nigel’s Story

You can also find out more about Fostering with a Disability with Jon’s story below.
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