Who can foster?
If you’re thinking of becoming a foster carer, one of the first questions you’ll have is ‘Can I foster?’.
We’ve created a list of questions we’re often asked, however if we haven’t covered your circumstances, please do get in touch – we’d love to help!
I’m single, can I still foster?
You can foster if you’re single, living together, divorced, or separated, married, in a stable relationship or part of the LGBTQ+ community. What you will need is a committed support network.
Can I foster if I don’t own my home?
Absolutely. As long as you’re financially secure, it doesn’t matter whether you own or rent your home. If you’re renting though, you will need to ask your landlord for permission before you foster.
I have a disability, can I foster?
Yes, as long as your disability or medical condition is stable and does not affect your ability to care for a child. You must not put your own health at risk.
Must I already be a parent to foster?
We welcome applications from single people and couples who do not have children, as well as those who do. You must, however, have had some experience of caring for or working with children.
Do I need a spare bedroom to foster?
Yes, a spare room is required. We need people who have a permanent spare bedroom for a foster child. Foster children are not able to share a room with your own children.
Are there any age limits on who can foster?
We have no upper age limit, but our foster carers do need to be at least 21 years of age. We welcome applicants whose children have since left the home and those in retirement. Our focus is on your experience and stability to support a child and having the energy to keep up with them!
Can I work and foster?
Yes, of course you can. We would work with you on the type of fostering you can offer and ensure careful matching with the right child. We always ask that people have the time, energy and flexibility to support a child or young person.
Do I need specific qualifications to foster?
You don’t need any qualifications as such, but you will be considered according to your experience of caring for children or young people and your commitment to their welfare.
Can I foster if I have a criminal conviction?
A criminal record is not necessarily a barrier to becoming a foster carer, but people with convictions for serious offences against children cannot foster. A DBS check will be made on all applicants.
Can I foster if I have recently moved to the UK?
Yes, as long as you have gained or recently applied for settled status (under the EU Settlement Scheme) that you can live and work in the UK indefinitely. You must also have a good enough level of written and spoken English to communicate with children, young people, and professionals.
We understand and value Blackpool’s diverse community, which is why we proactively welcome foster carers from all walks of life. We are proud to be a member of New Family Social, a charity dedicated to supporting LGBTQ+ families in becoming foster carers or adopters.