Fostering is one way of helping the UK’s most vulnerable children. Becoming a foster carer is rewarding and challenging. It’s a way of sharing your experience and skills with a child at a time when they may need it the most. It’s a way of keeping a child safe from harm, showing security, love and strength. It’s a time for you to shine together. But where do you start?
Becoming a Foster Carer in the Midlands
If you’re reading this, it’s highly likely that you’ve considered entering the fostering world for some time. Perhaps now you’re almost ready to get in touch and start your fostering journey rolling, but you have a few more questions or doubts in your mind. It’s absolutely understandable to be hesitant, but we want to remind everyone considering fostering that there is nothing to lose in making an enquiry. You will not be frowned upon for asking questions or for changing your mind. There really is nothing to lose but potentially you have so much to gain. We urge you to pick up the phone or type us a message as there are children who are in need of people like you, right now.
Here are a few answers to some of the most commonly asked questions that we receive.
- You can apply to become a carer if you are single, married or cohabiting and regardless of your sexual orientation.
- Homeowners and tenants are welcome to apply.
- Your cultural background, ethnicity and religious beliefs will not get in the way of your fostering journey. You may need to show how you will provide support to a child of a different religion to yours or when they might be questioning their faith.
- Your home will be checked to see if it’s suitable and a spare room is necessary. Each foster child entering your home requires a bedroom of their own – not a shared bedroom.
- You may be able to continue working while fostering, this will depend on the circumstances. In many cases, you will need to provide full-time care. Again, please discuss this with us if you have any concerns.
- Foster carers do receive a weekly allowance and sometimes may receive and additional weekly fee. The amount received varies so do call to find out more.
- You don’t need a degree or any formal qualifications. You will be provided with training to ensure you have the necessary skills you require to foster children.
- You should be aged 21 and over but you can apply from the age of 18.
- Your life experience with children and young people will be considered during your application.
- Criminal convictions and your history will be considered, along with your health, financial security and your friends and family.
Everyone considering becoming a foster carer in the Midlands has so many questions. You can find loads of information online but the best way of getting the answers and deciding whether you really want to foster a child is by getting in touch. Please pick up the phone or write us an email, you could be a few months away from really making a difference to a child’s life, and your own.