FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions - If you can't find what you are looking for below, please call 0800 566 8317.

1. Who can apply to be a foster carer?

Any adult can foster where they can demonstrate they have time, emotional space, reasonable room in their homes and a passion for encouraging children to meet their full potential.

2. Will a criminal record prevent me from becoming a foster carer?

This would very much depend upon the offence but please talk to us about this.

3. How long is it likely to take to become a foster carer?

We aim to have carers approved four to six months from their first point of contact with Compass Fostering.

4. Can I transfer from another agency/local authority?

Yes you can! You can read about this in more detail by clicking here

5. I am single, can I still be a foster carer?

As with answer 1, any adult can foster as long as they can demonstrate they have time, emotional space, reasonable room in their homes and a passion for encouraging children to meet their full potential.

6. I rent my property, can I still foster?

You will need a secure tenancy agreement and the landlord’s written permission.

7. Do I need a spare room to foster?

This is one requirement that is mandatory. You will not be able to start the application process until you have a room available.

8. I work, can I still foster?

Yes you can but you will need to be available to attend a variety of meetings (which will more than likely be during the day) and if the child is not at school (holidays, illness etc.)

9. Are there many checks to be completed during assessment?

Due to the nature of the role of fostering, there are a number of checks which will need to be carried out both on you, your partner and anyone else living in the house.