Yes as a single female or male. Your application will be measured against all the other criteria.
People need to be at least twenty five years old. Younger applicants need to evidence actual understanding and abilities in regard to fostering i.e. growing up in a fostering family or working with children in a care situation. There is no upper age limit for people wishing to become foster carers for Fostering Relations but clearly people need to be fit and active to undertake this role.
Yes. It is important to afford children and young people privacy within the home. It is also a means of minimising risk. It may be acceptable for siblings to share depending on age and gender.
No. Foster carers need to be available to attend meetings in respect of the child they are looking after. Sometimes children may also be out of school for some reason. Part time hours may be acceptable as long as there is flexibility to undertake any fostering tasks.
Fostering Relations hopes that carers would wish to take children with them on holiday. This encourages them to feel part of your family.
No. For tax and NI purposes you are considered self employed and are therefore responsible for your own financial matters.
Legislation has recently been amended to allow same sex couples to foster. Applications will measure against all other criteria. As with other couples, it is necessary to evidence that both partners are committed to the role of foster carer.
You certainly will have knowledge and skills that can be transferred to the fostering role. However, fostering other people’s children can be very different from raising your own family. We would hope to discuss this with you throughout the assessment process.
The fostering assessment can take up to six months to complete. The process involves a home/ family study, preparation training and completion of statutory checks.