Yes – and they will be part of your fostering assessment. We need to make sure they are up to date on their vaccinations and they will not pose a threat to any children in your care. During the placement matching process we will also take pets into consideration to ensure that children placed with you will be comfortable around your pets.
No but you need to be fit enough to care for the children.
We welcome applications from people who may have an existing health condition or disability issues. We will always seek a medical opinion and identify what supports there are to ensure you and your household can meet the needs of foster children.
No and we will provide support and training during your application process and throughout your career as a foster carer. Experience in looking after children or working with them is useful, however.
Smoking can have a serious impact on children’s health so ideally you will be a non smoker. If you still smoke or vape you will not be able to foster children under five. You will not be able to smoke in your home or car.
No but you must have a stable home with no rent arrears or risk of eviction. We will contact your landlord, if you rent, or bank, if you have a mortgage as part of the assessment process.
Absolutely – we welcome applications from people regardless of gender, sexuality, marital status, race or religion.
The amount you receive is be split into two components - the foster carer fee and the maintenance allowance. The value of each of these will depend on variety of factors, such as the type of placement, the age of the child and the complexity of their needs. You can request an information pack for more information.
It doesn’t matter – you do not have to be married or in a relationship to foster.
They will be included in the application and assessment processes and they can discuss their thoughts and feelings with the supervising social worker. They will have access to your social worker to help them with any challenges they have once a placement has been made. Fostering can be a very positive experience for birth children and our agency celebrates their accomplishments as well as those of foster children
Foster carers are treated as self-employed for tax purposes. There is a specific tax scheme foster carers can use called Qualifying Care Relief. The scheme calculates a tax threshold unique to the fostering household which determines if a foster carer has to pay any tax from their fostering. Anyone who is self-employed must register to pay Class 2 National Insurance Contributions. If a foster carer’s taxable profit from self-employment is nil or below £5,965 (2015-16) they automatically qualify for the Small Profit Threshold (SPT) and will be exempt from paying the contributions. The individual circumstances of the foster carer will determine if this is the best option for them or whether they have to make other arrangements to maintain their NI record.
Everyone needs their own space and this is especially so for children who may have experienced traumatic situations and are having to adapt to a new house with new routines. Having their own space can be very comforting for children in care. That’s why children in care need their own bedroom – the only exception is young same sex sibling group who are able and willing to share.
Ideally we need carers who can drive and have access to a car. This is because carers will need to take and collect children from school, family contacts, leisure activities and health appointments. They also need to attend various meetings and training events.