The Requirements of Becoming a Foster Parent

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    When it comes to becoming a foster carer, there is no such thing as an ‘ideal’ type of person. A lot of people think that there are hundreds of holes the jump through, but at the end of the day if you are a kind and loving person who want to help a child in your area, you should consider fostering.

    People who become foster carers come from as wide a range of backgrounds and circumstances as the children they look after. This is really important as they have the skills and experience to help the child to fit in well with their family, allowing them to thrive.

    You have probably some across a lot of myths about what you need to be or have when it comes to being a foster carer…ignore them all! To answer once and for all who can become a foster carer, I have listed below all of the requirements you do and don’t need to meet in order to look after a foster child.

    You will need to have a spare bedroom to foster a child, for the child to use, and make their own. It doesn’t matter if you own your own home or rent a property, as long as you have been there long enough and know you are going to be there for quite some time.

    You don’t need any qualifications or even any experience in childcare. You just need to be able to act professionally in meetings and work as part of a team.

    You have to be over 21 years old to foster but there is no upper age limit.

    You will need to have the patience, empathy and resilience to be able to support a child who may have complex emotional needs. However, the most important qualities for us are commitment and a sense of humour!

    You can be a single female or male, married or living as a couple.

    Anyone of any ethnic group or culture, and of any sexuality can foster.

    Ideally you (or one of you if a couple) will have to be available to foster on a full time basis, however you can work around it if you work part-time and your employers are extremely flexible.

    You will need to have British citizenship or have been granted permanent residency/indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

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