Our fostering team answer some frequently asked questions around Fostering:
Can I foster if I am single?
Fostering is a life choice open to anyone who is able to demonstrate that they have the capacity and skills to look after someone else’s child safely within their home.
How long does the process take to become a foster carer?
On average four to six months providing all checks and your home assessment has been completed satisfactorily.
Would previous convictions prevent me from fostering?
A previous criminal conviction would not necessarily disqualify you from fostering, it would depend upon the nature of the conviction and when it occurred. It is standard for us to do a DBS check so we would need you to discuss any convictions with us as soon as possible so that we could decide whether or how it might affect your application. This information would remain conﬁdential.
I am over 55 – am I too old?
You need to be over 21 years old to foster and there is no upper age limit. You will be required to undertake a medical assessment via your GP to ensure that you are physically and emotionally ﬁt enough to undertake the task of fostering.
Do I have to have a spare bedroom?
Yes, all placed children must have their own bedroom, unless a sibling group and this still needs to be agreed through the children’s social worker.
Do I receive any training once approved?
Yes. We offer a broad training programme along with childcare related qualiﬁcations. As part of your assessment prior to becoming approved as a foster carer you will be required to undertake three days ‘Skills to Foster’ training as part of your induction to fostering.
How long will a child be in placement?
It will all depend on the individual plan of the child placed in your care. Some children need a foster family until they leave school. Some children have time limited placements which is in line with their care plan.
Some children are placed on a respite basis. You will be made aware of each child’s individual needs and duration of stay.
Will I know who the child will be before they are placed?
Yes, prior to it being agreed that a child will be placed in your care, CFS Foster Care will share all information with you and discuss if the child is an appropriate match for you. Although some children are required to be placed in an emergency, the ideal is that every child is placed following introductions.
For more information email our fostering team using the button below.