Interested in becoming a foster carer, but want to know more about if you can foster? Perhaps you’re a single parent, or you’re currently renting a property and wondering if this affects your application? Our detailed guide breaks down fostering requirements, as well as addressing some myths and misconceptions around who can become a foster carer.
In order to become a foster carer, as a first port of call, there are three primary fostering requirements you need to have:
However, there are other requirements that you’ll need to become a foster carer – such as a home where children under five are placed should be non-smoking, and your home should not have any aggressive pets or dangerous pets. Often with fostering, there are many misconceptions regarding whether you can foster based on your career, experience or living situation. That’s why we put together our top 10 fostering myths guide which highlights the most common misconceptions about who can foster.
Whether you apply through your local authority or through an independent fostering agency, such as Capstone Foster Care, during the application process, you will undergo a health check and all members of your household over the age of 18 will undergo a Disclosure and Barring (DBS) check. Foster care training, help and support are provided during the application process and throughout your fostering work.
If you have any questions regarding who can foster, or wondering ‘Can I foster if…?’, our detailed guide can help. Alternatively, get in touch with a member of our expert team here at Capstone Foster Care.