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Can I Foster?

Start your fostering journey here

If you can answer YES to the four questions below, then you are well on your way to starting your fostering journey with Child Care Bureau and we would be delighted to hear from you! Answers to some of the questions you may have about foster care are further down the page.

1. Do you live in one of the areas we cover?

2. Do you have a spare bedroom?

3. Are you over the age of 21 yrs?

4. Are you passionate about supporting children to achieve their potential?

Foster Care Frequently Asked Questions

Fostering is a life choice open to anyone. However, it is necessary to be able to provide suitable accommodation (a separate bedroom for the child/young person).

On average, providing that we can obtain all the relevant checks and you are approved by panel, you could become a Foster Carer in three to six months.

This is very much dependent upon the nature of the offence and when it occurred. It does not automatically disqualify you from being a Foster Carer.

Anybody living in the family home over the age of 18 will be required to have an Enhanced DBS check.

The main Foster Carer and his/her partner if applicable will be required to undergo full medicals with their own GP and local Social Service Department checks will also be carried out.

The Education Department and the list of those prevented from working with children will also be consulted.

Your home will also be assessed during the process to ensure it is safe.

Yes. You will receive free learning and skills development opportunities throughout your fostering career.

Yes. This is usually ok, as long as you are available in the event of an emergency. An understanding employer can be helpful.

No, as long as you have a spare room available for fostering.

Yes. If you don’t currently drive but are willing to learn we'd still like to hear from you.

Yes, there is no requirement for applicants to be in a fixed relationship to become a Foster Carer.

Absolutely, we don't discriminate against sexuality or on any other grounds.

Smoking will prevent you from fostering children under the age of five.

Some fostered children need care for days, weeks, months, or even years until they reach adulthood; each fostered child's situation is different depending on their background and future plans.

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