Below you will find a list of frequently asked questions that we come across on a regular basis. Some of the questions were brought up during support groups, others from potential carers at our awareness and recruitment events.
Can I apply to become a foster carer?
Can I foster if I am single, unemployed or renting my home?
How long does it take to become a foster carer?
What is the difference between fostering with an
independent fostering agency (IFA) and a local authority/health trust?
Can a foster child share a bedroom with one of my own children?
Can I still work and be a foster carer?
What kind of checks will you carry out on me and my home?
Why is the assessment comprehensive?
What is the role of my social worker?
Iâ€™m going to be the main foster carer â€“ do you need to carry out checks on my partner?
Will a previous criminal conviction prevent me from fostering?
How much will I be paid and how is this decided?
Will I pay tax on my earnings?
How long will it take for me to have my first placement?
Can I choose which age group or gender I would prefer to foster?
How much will I know about the child or young person before they are placed with me?
Can I choose how long I want a child or young person to stay with me?
Will I get help if I care for a child who has special needs or a disability?
Who is responsible for taking the children to school or the doctor?
What type of children can I foster?