Foster Care Quiz

12 quick checks to see if you are ready and able to start the foster care journey.

Should i be a foster parent?

Have you wondered whether you’re able to foster, or whether you should begin your journey to become a foster parent? We created a quick Should I Be a Foster Parent quiz designed to help you decide. Our foster care quiz is here to dispel some common misconceptions about fostering, to answer fostering FAQ’s, and of course to help you decide if you should be a foster parent. Our foster care quiz runs through 12 quick ‘checks’ to see if you are eligible to foster and provides more detail on each topic.


    Have you discussed your desire to foster with your immediate family? *
    Your decision to foster means you will ultimately rely on the understanding and support of your family. We would be unlikely to process any application until you have done this.

    Are you married? *
    Foster carers can be single, married, or living with a partner.

    Do you have children of your own? *
    You do not need to have had birth children of your own to be a successful foster carer.

    Do you have a spare bedroom? *
    Foster children need to have their own bedroom, this is true regardless of a child’s age. Consequently, if you do not have a spare bedroom in your home then you will unfortunately not be able to foster.

    Are you heterosexual? *
    Straight, gay, bisexual or transgender - your sexuality is not important in a fostering application.

    Do you have a full time job? *
    Whilst working full time does not necessarily completely prevent you from being a foster carer, we will need to consider your circumstances carefully. You need to be available to respond to any emergencies and to attend meetings, which usually take place during work hours. You will need to think about how flexible you can be if you work full time.

    Do you or your partner smoke? *
    The expectation is that foster carers will not smoke inside a home and that no one else is allowed to smoke inside the house of a foster carer. Therefore, anyone who does smoke will need to do so outside, additionally, foster carers who do smoke cannot look after children under the age of 5.

    Are you over 21? *
    Foster carers need to have sufficient life experience to allow them to meet the needs of the children that they look after, and age can be a factor in this. For this reason, we ask that applicants are over the age of 21 before they can be considered for fostering.
    When it comes to the other end of the spectrum, there is no upper age limit on fostering. As long as you’re fit and healthy and able to look after a child or young person safely then you can apply to foster.

    Are you female? *
    There are many more single female foster carers than single male cares, this may be due to a societal stigma associated with single male carers. Regardless of the reason behind the disparity we would like to once again reiterate that anyone can foster, be they single men, single women, married couples, or unmarried couples.

    Do you own your own home? *
    You do not need to own your own home to be able to foster, we have many foster families who are renters. We may require written approval from your landlord, and of course you will need a spare bedroom to be able to foster, however, crucially being a homeowner is not required to be able to foster.

    Do you have any criminal convictions? *
    Any criminal convictions against children, or any conviction for a sexual offence will automatically prohibit you from fostering.
    If you have a criminal conviction for a minor offence and you’re able to demonstrate how you have grown and changed since that conviction, then, as long as you are honest with us and share all relevant information then it should not count against you in an application to foster. Being able to demonstrate through example how you’ve made mistakes in the past but changed can be incredibly rewarding for children or young people.

    Are you fit and healthy? *
    Having a disability or some long-term health condition will not prohibit you from fostering. As part of the assessment process we would undertake a health assessment, conducted by your GP, to understand your health needs. We’re not looking for athletes at the peak of their physical performance, we only want to make sure that you’re fit and able to look after a child or young person safely.

    We hope our foster care quiz has helped alleviate some of the anxieties or concerns that you may have had about fostering. If our foster care quiz has helped you answer the question, should I be a foster parent and you’re looking to start your journey into fostering then we would love the opportunity to talk to you. All you need to do is enter your details below.

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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.