Interested in fostering but not sure where to start?

03 November 2017

Being a foster carer is a job like no other. Our carers provide loving and supportive care to children and young people within their own homes.  It’s not easy and can be frustrating at times, but the difference you make as a foster carer is so rewarding.

All of our children and young people have come from very different backgrounds; therefore we are looking for different types of carers to meet their needs.

Once you have made an enquiry with Team Fostering, we will ask you questions to find out which type of fostering placements would best suit your experience and expectations of fostering.  It’s also important that we let you know more about the fostering role so that you know what to expect as a Team Fostering carer. You can send an enquiry online or you can call us. We have a dedicated team who specialise in speaking to those interested in fostering, and you can ask them any questions that you have. No question is a silly question and we're here for you. You can check out some of our top FAQs by clicking here

Some of the questions that we'll ask you include: 

Do you have a spare bedroom?

The minimum standards for fostering state that a child who is in foster care must have their own bedroom. This is to provide them with a space they can call their own. There are situations where same sex siblings may be able to share a room, but you would still need to have at least one spare bedroom to be a foster carer with Team.

Are you over the age of 21?

Again, this is due to the fostering regulations which state that you must be over the age of 21 to foster a child or young person. We also ask questions relating to any relevant work or parenting experience you have which will help you on your journey as a foster carer.

Do you drive and have access to a car?

The Local Authorities who we work with ask that foster carers transport children to and from school and to meet their birth parents for contact, so require all foster carers to be able to drive allowing them to be flexible in these situations which is not always possible when relying on public transport. Foster carers also need to be able to travel to attend meetings and regular training.

Do you have any young children living at or who regularly visit your home?

The children and young people who we work with often have very complex needs which can require lots of attention. We also need to prioritise the safety or your children as well as ours. For this reason we are currently unable to accept applications from foster carers who have children under the age of 10 at home and this age may be higher depending on your local authority. 

 

You can read the rest of our Eligibility Criteria by clicking here, and if you'd like to speak to somebody you can reach us by sending an online enquiry, calling us or emailing us at info@teamfostering.co.uk