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Can I foster if I am disabled?

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Yes - fostering with a disability is possible.

It depends entirely on the nature of your condition, whether your disability would affect your ability to care for a child or yourself, and your physical and mental health and wellbeing.

Want to know more about if you can foster with a disability? Or perhaps you’re interested in fostering a disabled child and wondering what that would entail? Our helpful guide on disability fostering has you covered.

Fostering with a disability

Having health problems, such as a chronic illness or a disability, does not necessarily prevent you from being able to foster. However, your disability will have to be taken into consideration during your fostering application process and when placements are determined. Whether or not you can foster will be dependent on the nature of the disability – and whether said disability prevents you from being able to take care of children in any way. For example, this could be from a physical standpoint, an emotional standpoint or an educational standpoint. If the needs of the child will not be able to be met under your care, this will affect your ability to foster.

The needs and welfare of the child are the primary focuses when it comes to fostering a child. That’s why it’s important to disclose if you have a disability to our recruitment team as soon as possible – so we can best advise on how to proceed with your application, and be able to produce an accurate realistic picture on whether fostering is possible. For more information on fostering with a disability, get in touch with a member of our friendly team today.

Fostering a disabled child

Caring for a disabled child requires many of the same traits as caring for a non-disabled child does. For example, the requirement for a carer to be patient, understanding, being open-minded and put the needs of the child first are all staple requirements for caring for a disabled child, too. However, fostering disabled children also requires the carer to have an extra vigilance for safety, have excellent communication skills and be able to offer specialist care – which will be delivered to a foster carer through our extensive fostering training and support programmes.

Similar to fostering non-disabled children, there are a variety of placements available for fostering disabled children. Some of these include:

  • Short-term foster placements
  • Long-term foster placements
  • Respite foster placements
  • Emergency foster placements

For more information on fostering disabled children, or if you are disabled yourself and you’re interested in fostering, please get in touch with a member of our expert team at Capstone Foster Care now for more advice on disability fostering.

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