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Frequently asked questions about fostering children

You may have many questions about fostering. Here are some of the most frequently asked...

Personal requirements

  1. Am I the right age?
  2. I smoke. Can I foster?
  3. Do I have to be married?
  4. What if I have a criminal record?
  5. What if I am already fostering?

Skills, training and support

  1. Do I have the right skills and abilities
  2. Do I need qualifications?
  3. How do I cope with poor behaviour?
  4. Will I cope emotionally?

Finance and accommodation

  1. Is my home suitable?
  2. Do I need to own my own home?
  3. Can I afford to foster a child?
  4. Can I work and foster at the same time?

The bigger picture

  1. What effect will fostering have on my family?
  2. What do I do if he child doesn’t get on well with my family?
  3. Can the foster child come on holiday with us?
  4. What if I have my own children?

Legal Questions, Child's individual needs

  1. What is the difference between fostering and adoption?
  2. What is the difference between a foster carer’s responsibilities and those of a parent?
  3. Will I be told everything about the foster child?
  4. Will I meet the child’s parents or family members?
  5. What about the child’s cultural needs?
  6. What about schools?

Ever Wanted To Know?

  1. What does it mean?
  2. What do they do?
  3. What happens at?
  4. What happens at Panel?
  5. Independent Fostering Agency or Local Authority?
  6. From Enquiry to 1st Year Review
  7. What is support work?
  8. What is the matching and referral process?
  9. Post Approval Induction programme
  10. The Initial Home Visit


If your question wasn't answered above please contact our friendly team who will be more than happy to help.

Fostering with Mosaic Foster Care Essex

Mosaic Foster Care is a Private Ltd Company (reg no 07133494) providing fostering placements for children and young people to age 17.
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