The Fostering Children Test
Do you have to be married to be a foster parent?
No: You may be single or divorced and still be a foster carer.
Can only well off people afford to become foster parents?
No: You do not have to have lots of money to become a foster carer, you only need to be financially stable. You will receive an allowance and a fee for each foster child in your home.
Can people on Benefits be foster carers?
Yes: Generally your benefits will not be affected. If you claim a disability allowance there may be some medical or health conditions which could affect the type of foster care you could do.
Can couples who both work full time become foster carers?
Yes: Both parents may work and still foster children.
Can people who are older or retired become foster parents?
Yes: There is no maximum age for foster caring. There is a minimum age requirement of 21, but many older and retired people make perfect foster carers.
Do you have to be a homeowner to become a foster parent?
No: You may rent a home and still be a foster carer. You have to have adequate bedroom space to accommodate a foster child, but do not have to own your home.
Can fostering be a full time job?
Yes: There are thousands of foster carers who earn a living fostering children full time.
Are there vacancies for new foster carers in your area?
Yes: There is a serious shortage of foster care homes where you live.
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