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FAQ about applying to be a foster carer

Do I need to be a parent to foster?
No. You can be a parent already, or have no children of your own.

Do I have to have a partner to foster?
No. You can be single, married or have a partner (as long as your status has not recently changed).

Does it matter if I am working?
No as long as you can evidence that either you or your partner will have the time to devote to a foster child.

Can I claim benefits while I am fostering?

Do I have to own my own house?
No. You can be in a rented property as long as your tenancy is secure and long term.

Are you looking for foster carers with particular cultural backgrounds or beliefs?
No. You can apply to foster whatever your cultural background and religious beliefs.

Does it matter if I am in a same sex relationship?
We welcome applicants from same sex couples as well as heterosexual couples.

Is there an age restriction to fostering?
You can be considered from the age of 21 can continue fostering past retirement age, as long as your health is good.

Do I need any formal qualifications?
No, you don’t need any formal qualifications.

What is the process for becoming a foster carer?
Please see the section “Becoming a Foster Carer” for full details of the process.