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Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re thinking of becoming a foster carer you no doubt have a lot of questions you want answered. So we’ve put together the answers to some of the most common questions we get asked.
If you can’t find the answer you are looking for, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 0141 646 4805 and a member of our experienced team will be happy to help.

Is there an age limit to become a Foster Carer?

There's no upper age limit, you do need to be fairly fit and healthy but as long as you are we're happy to hear from you

I'm single - do you need to be married or in a relationship to be a Foster Carer?

Single or married it doesn't matter, you can still foster with us. As long as you have a spare room and lots of time and energy to give to a young person, you can help to change their life

Do I need to have a spare bedroom?

Yes, you will need to have a spare bedroom for a child to be placed with you, It’s important that children feel welcomed and part of the family and having have their own space is part of that

What's the minimum age you need to be to become a foster carer

You need to be a minimum of 21 years and over

Do I need to own my own home to become a foster carer?

No you don’t need to own your own home to become a foster carer, however you
would need consent from your landlord

I'm L,G,B, or T can I foster?

A person’s sexual orientation or gender identity has no bearing on their ability to provide a loving home for a child or young person.

I don't think I can foster because I have my own children

All children have different needs and some fostered children benefit greatly from relationships they build with the children of foster carers and vice versa

I don't think I can foster because I've never been a parent

This doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t foster, if you can show that you’ve be able to provide a loving and stable home to a young person that’s what’s important.

Can I work and become a foster carer?

Our preference is that the main carer is at home and available to attend meetings, training as well as looking after the young person.  However, if you have a longer term, a settled or a permanent placement this can be discussed further.

How long does the process take?

The length of the assessment process can vary, but it usually takes between 4 and 6 months. We will guide you through every step of the journey.

Will I receive an income to foster?

Yes you will receive a regular fostering allowance, the amount varies depending on the type of placement you have

Can I foster if I have pets?

Yes, animals can help some children settle into a new home but we do need to carry out vet checks and a pet questionnaire.

What if I'm already a foster carer and wish to transfer?

Transferring to us is easier than you may think. We’ll support you every step of the way and work with you, your existing agency/local authority to minimise the impact on any foster children currently in your care. Find out more about transferring to us http://www.fcascotland.co.uk/already-fostering/

What does the application process involve?

We’ll have an initial chat with you and then arrange for a visit and talk to you in more detail. If you decide you would like to go ahead, we’ll help you begin the application process.

What checks are carried out?

In order to find out if fostering is for you, we will carry out a number of checks on you and your home. For example these will include –

Disclosure

Local Authority Checks

PVG

Full medical

Who can apply to become a foster carer?

Anyone can apply to foster with us. We welcome foster carers from all walks of life; no matter what your gender, age, race or sexual orientation.

How long will I have to wait for my first placement?

The time between getting approved and having your first placement will vary from person to person. We will ensure to try and match the best possible placement with you, based on your assessment and approval. You can find out more here

How much will I know about the child or young person?

We will give you as much information as we know ourselves, to help you with your decision.

Can I choose the age of the child I want?

The matching process is very robust and we’ll ensure that any young person placed is appropriately matched

What help and support do I get?

Our unique Team Parenting approach will ensure the support you receive is 24/7 and 365 days per year

Can people from all religious groups become foster carers?

Your religion doesn’t affect your ability to foster and we welcome carers from all backgrounds.

How long do fostering placements last?

It depends on the placement type and each individual child. It could be anything from a few days, week, months or even years or permanently

Can my birth child share a room with a looked after child?

No, any young person placed with you must have their own bedroom


How can we help?

If you would like some more information to help you decide whether fostering is for you all you need to do is contact us.

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Phone us

Call us on 0141 646 4805 (lines open Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm)

Fostering a child or young person is a big decision so we’re here to answer any questions you may have. Our friendly fostering advisors can talk you through everything you need to know about becoming a foster carer.

Outside of these hours please call 0800 434 6000Freephone lines open Mon to Thurs – 5pm to 8pm.

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