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Who can foster children?

When considering becoming a foster parent you may ask yourself if you are eligible to become a foster parent, you may be surprised to learn that there are many different types of foster parents from a variety of backgrounds and that there is no one group excluded from becoming a foster carer. This is because foster children come from a variety of backgrounds and because of this, foster parents are needed from all sections of society.

There is no magic formula or perfect family setting that we are looking for, very simply we are looking for people that can provide a warm, safe and nurturing environment and that have the time and energy to provide a temporary home to a child who needs it.

For us to be able to offer such a high quality of foster parents, we look to provide foster parents with backgrounds as diverse as the communities that we serve.

The main qualities that we look for in new foster parents are:

  • A caring adaptive attitude
  • The ability to care for and relate to the children in their care
  • The tolerance and patience to be able to deal with and overcome challenging and difficult behavior
  • To be able to work with us, local authority and parents in order to work towards a positive outcome for the child
  • Good health
  • Empathy and the ability to help settle a child who has been separated from their family.
  • A spare room for your foster child
  • A car and the ability to drive
  • The ability to attend training sessions and meetings in order to further your skills
  • A stable home environment and tenancy/mortgage

Although not essential, non-smokers are preferred as foster parents, passive smoking has serious health implications for those around you and smoking in the home would not be something that you could do if you were caring for children in your home.

 

Some questions you may have:

 

Do I need to be married or have a partner to become a foster parent?
I have a partner, will they need to register as a foster parent too?
Can I foster if I have children of my own?
I have no children, does that mean that I can’t foster?
Will I need to give up my current job in order to foster?
Can I foster while claiming benefits?
Do I need to own my own home?
Will my religion or race have an impact on my application?
Do you accept applications from the LGBT community?
I don’t drive, can I still apply?
Is there a minimum or maximum age?
Do I need to have any qualifications?
Do I need to have any qualifications?
Can I apply if I have a criminal record?

Automatic exclusions:

Anyone convicted of a sexual offense or violence is unable to apply to become a foster parent. Having a bank of foster carers that represents the diversity of the population means that we can match children and foster parents that have some common ground. If we are able to place a child into a familiar setting, it can make their time in foster care much easier than placing a child who has been separated from their family into an unfamiliar situation which could be very upsetting for them. We want every child to feel comfortable with their foster families.

If you do have any concerns about your suitability of becoming a foster parent, please feel free to give us a call and we can discuss this with you.

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