Common Fostering Questions and Answers

Compass Foster Care FAQ

Deciding to foster is a huge decision and you are bound to have plenty of questions. It may even be that you know know what to ask! Not to worry, we’ve compiled a list of our most commonly asked foster care questions and answers.

We also have a range of resources in our Fostering Infocentre, which cover a range of topics from caring for children, to mental health, to types of fostering.

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 I foster and work full time?

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 or young person 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…

Is there an age limit for fostering?

Many people believe that there is an age limit for foster parents, when in reality there isn’t!

What age does foster care stop?

From the age of 16 we will work together to build a plan to successfully leave care.

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.

Do you have to have a spare bedroom 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.

Can you be a foster parent if you’re 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.

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.

Didn’t find the answer you were looking for in our foster care questions and answers? You can call us on 0800 566 8317 and we would be happy to answer any other questions you may have about fostering with Compass.

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