Becoming a foster carer FAQs: The Bigger Picture

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

1. What effect will fostering children have on my family?

Sharing your family with another child is bound to have an effect on your family.

Talk to your children and partner to find out how they feel about welcoming a foster child into your home. If they are supportive, it’s still important to spend quality time with all family members.

Fostering is usually more successful if you have a strong support network of family and friends.

2. What do I do if the foster child doesn’t get on well with my family?

We reduce the risk of this happening by planning foster placements well and giving each child and family the opportunity to get to know each other.

With clear boundaries and expectations in place from the beginning, there’s a good chance the foster child and your family will get on very well.

But if it doesn’t work out, your supervising social worker will be on hand to discuss the problems and help you solve them.

3. Can the foster child come on holiday with us?

Yes, we encourage you to do this wherever it’s possible. In fact, we started a bursary scheme in 2009 which supports young people’s “experience of a lifetime” to help foster carers travel with their foster children. One young person has travelled around the world!

4. What if I have my own children? can I still foster a child?

We do not recruit foster carers whose own children are under 12 years old – this is to prevent challenging behaviour creating problems for younger children.

If your question wasn’t answered in our Frequently Asked Questions Index, please contact our friendly team who will be more than happy to help:

Phone us on 0800 121 6401 or email

We’re currently recruiting Foster Carers in Essex, London, Kent and Suffolk