Becoming a foster parent FAQs: The Bigger Picture

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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. Can I foster if I have my own children living at home?

Yes.  Each family is different so we would need to chat about how fostering would fit in with your family. If your children are aged 12 or over, we would love to speak to you.

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