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Frequently asked questions about becoming a foster carer

If you have any burning questions before embarking on your foster care journey, you’ll likely find the answers you’re looking for on here. But if you need any extra help, don’t hesitate to add your details to the form at the bottom of this page. We’ll call you back and go from there.

There are now more children than ever coming into care. Around 30,000 more children come into care over the course of 12 months. Around two-fifths of the children in care are aged 11 to 15 (the Fostering Network) and finding people with the right skills to look after teenagers is now the top priority for fostering services.

Children come into care for a whole range of reasons, including a family member’s short-term illness or a parent’s depression or drug or alcohol misuse. Some children may have been abused or neglected. Foster carers can give families a chance to sort out their problems by providing children with a home and supportive family for as long as they need.

If you’re new to fostering, contact our Carer Recruitment Officer to find out more of what fostering is and what foster carers do to see whether fostering is for you. Fostering is not easy, you need to have the time, energy, patience and dedication to care. But it gives you the opportunity to make a huge difference to children’s lives.

There are two main types of fostering services. Local Authorities have the responsibility to look after children and young people in care as their corporate parent by recruiting foster carers to care for them. Independent fostering agencies also recruit foster carers to provide placements to Local Authorities for specialist foster care, where the Local Authority is unable to identify a carer in house who is a match for the child/young person requiring a foster home.

If you are currently employed, depending on the type of job, the hours you work and the type of fostering you would like to do, you may be able to choose to continue working as well as fostering. You would need to take into account how you would manage working and meeting a child’s/young person’s needs, transporting children to and from school, school holidays, appointments and reviews.

Jay Fostering offers an allowance that reflects the true cost of looking after somebody else’s child. Some fostering services will pay fees for certain types of fostering. Many foster carers say that money does not motivate them to foster, but being paid a fee could impact on your ability to afford to foster.