Can I become a foster carer if I am single?
You can be single, divorced, gay or lesbian. You don’t have to be married. For us, the important thing is just that you are committed to working in accordance with the child/young person’s needs and appointments.
Can I continue with my current job if I decide to foster?
You can continue working, however, you need to be able to work around the needs of the child you are fostering.
I have no experience in childcare, is that okay?
You are not required to have experience with childcare, but to be considered, it is important that you are willing and committed to learn about child development and looking after children/young people.
I don’t own my own home, does that affect whether I can become a foster carer?
You don’t have to own your own home, as long as you have a spare room and a loving home environment, we would love for you to join our team of foster carers.
Does it matter if I have my own children?
You can become a foster carer if you have children of your own. You also do not have to have any children to become a foster career.
What are the children like?
There are many children that require foster placements. It initially starts with the child or young person that is not able to remain in their family home.
Some of the reasons for not remaining in the family home include needing to be looked after due to trauma (such as bereavement of parent(s), neglect, abuse, domestic violence situations etc), or sometimes the child’s own challenging behaviour resulting in their primary care giver being no longer capable of being in control.
Some children and young people also present themselves at police stations, stating they are not looked after at their home, which could lead them to be looked after by the local authority and therefore come into foster care. There are a variety of reasons why a young person may come into foster care.
What is the foster carer’s allowance?
The foster carer is given a weekly allowance that will cover their payment and the needs of the child or young person in their care. The fee will vary depending on the child or young person being looked after.