Fostering FAQs

Here are our most commonly asked fostering questions and answers

How much do foster parents get paid?

Compass average a foster care allowance of £370 for every child per…

Can you foster if you smoke?

Yes, but there will be restrictions. It’s vitally important that…

Can you work and foster?

You can work and foster but we do ask you to be flexible with…

What is the difference between adoption and fostering?

The main difference between adoption and foster care is a legal one. An adoption order…

Can I foster if I live with lodgers/non-family members?

Yes, if you give notice on your lodger prior to completion of the assessment process…

How long does it take to become a foster carer?

Generally, we aim to get people through the process in about 4 months…

Can you choose what age you foster?

We ask that all of our carers go for approval of 0-18’s but you will…

Local Authorities v Agencies: What’s the difference?

Unfortunately, the number of children who become looked after far exceeds…

Can you travel internationally with a foster child?

When you bring a foster child into your home, they’ll quickly become part of your family…

What happens after my initial enquiry?

You will be contacted over the phone over the next couple of days and will be…

Can a foster child share a bedroom?

While foster children usually need their own room, there is one potential exception…

Will fostering affect my children?

Fostering impacts on the whole family and will affect your children, but we’ve…

Can I transfer from another agency/local authority?

Yes you can! We have lots information for regarding transferring to us here…

Can I get a bigger house to foster?

Frustratingly, the answer is: it can depend. But in most cases, no…

Can you foster if you rent?
Many people foster whilst living in rented accommodation, you just need to make sure you get consent from your landlord or agent.

Do I need to be able to drive?
It is our preference that you have a full driving licence and access to a car, but it is not always essential. You will however need to show that you can provide alternative transport for things like school or doctor’s appointments.

Can you be a foster parent if your single?
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.

Will the foster children have challenging behaviour?
Because of the nature of the children and young people that come into care, it is a fact that some of them will display challenging or difficult behaviour. Before a child arrives at your home, you will always be given all the information we have on any potential difficulties they may have.

Will I, or children I am looking after have contact with their birth family?
It is important that children remain in contact with their birth families unless this is not in the best interests of the child.
We have a duty to promote contact between a fostered child, their family, and their friends unless this is not achievable, or compromises their welfare, these arrangements will be based on their individual needs.

Can you foster a child with a criminal record?
Not necessarily. We assess each case individually and the only criminal convictions that prevent you fostering by law are those that relate to offences against children or other sexual offences. The most important thing is that you are honest with us from the start about any convictions you may have so that we can ascertain how this may or may not affect the children or young people that are placed into your care.

Do you have to have 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.

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