Fostering Questions Answered

Below you will find a list of frequently asked questions that we come across on a regular basis. Some of the questions were brought up during support groups, others from potential carers at our awareness and recruitment events.

Can I apply to become a foster carer?

Can I foster if I am single, unemployed or renting my home?

How long does it take to become a foster carer?

What is the difference between fostering with an
independent fostering agency (IFA) and a local authority/health trust?

Can a foster child share a bedroom with one of my own children?

Can I still work and be a foster carer?

What kind of checks will you carry out on me and my home?

Why is the assessment comprehensive?

What is the role of my social worker?

I’m going to be the main foster carer – do you need to carry out checks on my partner?

Will a previous criminal conviction prevent me from fostering?

How much will I be paid and how is this decided?

Will I pay tax on my earnings?

How long will it take for me to have my first placement?

Can I choose which age group or gender I would prefer to foster?

How much will I know about the child or young person before they are placed with me?

Can I choose how long I want a child or young person to stay with me?

Will I get help if I care for a child who has special needs or a disability?

Who is responsible for taking the children to school or the doctor?

What type of children can I foster?

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