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Fostering FAQ Guide

You may have many questions when you set out on your fostering journey – you can find out some of the answers here.

When you first decide to foster, it’s likely that you will have many questions or queries. To help those who are interested in fostering, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of common foster care questions and answers. We hope our Fostering FAQ’s will help give a brief introduction into the fostering process and what to expect when you foster. 

One of the most common foster care questions that we get asked is are foster carers paid, the short and simple answer is yes.  It’s only right that foster parents are compensated for the crucial work that they do, looking after children and young people. 

Another commonly asked foster care question that we receive is “How much are foster parents paid”, this question is harder to answer because the exact amount will depend on a number of factors. For example, looking after a child or young person with enhanced needs is likely to result in a higher fostering allowance payment. For detailed information, visit our Foster Carer Pay webpage.

No fostering FAQ would be complete without answering the fundamental question of what is fostering! In essence, fostering is the process of offering a safe and nurturing home to a child who cannot live with their biological family. 

Unfortunately, there is a desperate need for more people to become foster parents, at Family Fostering Partners we specialise in offering a range of different forms of foster care. For example, we have foster families who only want to look after children in long-term fostering arrangements, whilst on the other end of the spectrum we have foster carers who specialise in more specific forms of care such as Parent and Child placements and/or emergency fostering. Discover the various types of fostering available.

Many potential foster parents are concerned that having a dog will stop them from being able to foster, however, you can foster if you have a dog. Many of our fostering families have pet dogs and they can be a great companion for a child who’s nervous and new to your family; dogs can be especially beneficial for children who have experienced trauma. 

When you apply to foster, we will conduct a detailed pet assessment as part of the broader fostering assessment, this will allow us to conduct a risk assessment as well as to get to know your dog and understand how they are likely to react to new children in the household. 

This is another common fostering question that we receive. The short answer is yes, you can foster if you have exotic pets. Owning an exotic pet does not automatically disqualify you from fostering. We would need to undertake a thorough pet assessment to evaluate any risks and ensure the well-being of everyone in the household, and we would need to establish clear rules and guidelines around your pets. For example, where they are kept, where they sleep, who has access to them. Once all of that work is completed, having snakes, birds, lizards, tarantulas, etc will not prohibit you from fostering!  

The question of “can I foster and work” is probably on most fostering FAQ’s. 

When it comes to our foster parents, most have at least one individual in the household who works as a full-time caregiver. That said, it is possible to combine fostering with another job or role, it depends on factors such as what type of fostering you’re looking to do, and the flexibility of your employment to be able to attend meetings and training sessions.

If you’re eager to learn more about foster care pay you can visit our dedicated page. Additionally, you may want to read about our unique financial transition scheme, “Be There To Care” aims to financial assist those who transition from full time work to full-time fostering.

Yes. The answer to this frequently asked foster care question is simply, yes, we welcome applicants who identify as LGBT+.

Whether you can foster if you have a criminal record, is a common fostering FAQ. Individuals with a criminal record may still be eligible to foster, provided the offence was not against a child or of a sexual nature. We assess each case individually, discussing your past openly is essential so that we can understand the context and learn how you have grown and changed since the incident.

Whether you can foster if you have a criminal record, is a common fostering FAQ. Individuals with a criminal record may still be eligible to foster, provided the offence was not against a child or of a sexual nature. We assess each case individually, discussing your past openly is essential so that we can understand the context and learn how you have grown and changed since the incident.

This foster care question is an increasingly common one for us, the answer is yes absolutely. We have many single foster carers and welcome new applicants who are single. 

When it comes to fostering FAQ’s, foster care questions regarding the matching process are incredibly common. Ensuring that we match children with the right family is crucial, that’s why we spend so much time getting to know you during the assessment process, and we will engage in detailed discussions about potential matches, considering factors like age and specific needs that align with your family dynamics. You will never be forced to accept a match; we only want to move forward with placing a child in a new home when we’re confident that everyone is happy to proceed.

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Who Can Foster?

If you’re over 21, have a spare bedroom, and are dedicated to fostering, we welcome individuals from all backgrounds and identities. We value diverse foster parents who can meet the unique needs of each child, aiming for life-changing experiences for both child and carer. While meeting basic criteria is essential, it’s your personal qualities and passion for childcare that matter most in making a positive impact.

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How To Become a Foster Parent

Starting your fostering journey is simple and friendly with us! Just reach out, and we’ll arrange a relaxed home visit to chat about your fostering dreams. Next, you’ll go through a thorough but supportive 4-6 month assessment. Once approved by a panel of childcare experts, we, with our decade of experience, will carefully match you with children or young people, ensuring a great fit for everyone involved.

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How Much Are Foster Carers Paid?

Although this question seems straightforward, the answer is not as simple, as it depends on several factors, including the child’s needs and age. As well as local government. To support those who want to become foster carers, we offer a unique financial transition program called “Be There To Care.” This program is designed to help prospective foster carers transition to fostering. 

Thinking About Fostering?

Are you ready to take the first step towards becoming a foster carer? Fill out the contact form below. Our dedicated team will be delighted to assist and guide you.

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    We appreciate that you need time to think about it and to consider the effect it will have on you and your family. We’re here to answer any questions that you may have about fostering of how to become a foster parent. Feel free to explore our blog, our information pages on our website, or ask us a question directly by using our online chat feature. 

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