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“Can I foster if… ?” These are just a few examples of the questions frequently asked by foster carers.
From submitting your application to approval normally takes 6 -8 months, so we suggest you don’t give up work during the application and approval process. We can be flexible around your working hours. For example, we can do home visits in the evenings or at weekends.
We do require that there is one adult at home full time if you intend to provide a full time placement for a teenager. However your employment and finances will be discussed with our Social Worker and have a flexible policy. Because you will become self-employed, we cannot guarantee you an income. However, you receive a fee and allowances when a teenager or parent and baby is living with you and we will pay short term retainer fees between one teenager leaving and another one coming into your home. If you are hoping to provide short break placements, then you will not be required to give up work, as long as you can offer us a few days caring each month.
It depends whether or not your agency is prepared to share their original assessment with us and whether or not you have fostered teenagers previously. However, you will be required to undergo at least some elements of the assessment again.
When you become a foster carer, your home becomes your workplace and so we require that you have a smoke free home and car. We are prepared to consider smokers who are willing to only smoke outside. You will not be eligible for parent and baby placements if you do smoke.
It depends on the nature of the crime. We are very unlikely to approve someone with a record of violent or sexual offences. We take up a police reference on all applicants so it is helpful if you discuss any convictions that are going to be reported to us at an early stage.
We are looking for people who are reasonably fit and active and who can offer teenagers support for a number of years. All applicants undertake a full medical and we receive advice from our medical adviser. If you are overweight or obese they will advises us whether this is likely to prevent you from fully carrying out the role of a foster carer.
No we don’t. As described above, we are looking for people who are reasonably fit and active and who can offer young people support for a number of years. At the other end of the age scale, we are looking for applicants with sufficient life experience and maturity of judgement and the ability to provide authoritative care to a teenager.
We know you will have many more questions so please just ask!