If you’re thinking of becoming a foster carer you no doubt have a lot of questions you want answered. So we’ve put together the answers to some of the most common questions we get asked.
If you can’t find the answer you are looking for, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 0141 646 4805 and a member of our experienced team will be happy to help.
There's no upper age limit, you do need to be fairly fit and healthy but as long as you are we're happy to hear from you
Single or married it doesn't matter, you can still foster with us. As long as you have a spare room and lots of time and energy to give to a young person, you can help to change their life
Yes, you will need to have a spare bedroom for a child to be placed with you, It’s important that children feel welcomed and part of the family and having have their own space is part of that
You need to be a minimum of 21 years and over
No you don’t need to own your own home to become a foster carer, however you
would need consent from your landlord
A person’s sexual orientation or gender identity has no bearing on their ability to provide a loving home for a child or young person.
All children have different needs and some fostered children benefit greatly from relationships they build with the children of foster carers and vice versa
This doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t foster, if you can show that you’ve be able to provide a loving and stable home to a young person that’s what’s important.
Our preference is that the main carer is at home and available to attend meetings, training as well as looking after the young person. However, if you have a longer term, a settled or a permanent placement this can be discussed further.
The length of the assessment process can vary, but it usually takes between 4 and 6 months. We will guide you through every step of the journey.
Yes you will receive a regular fostering allowance, the amount varies depending on the type of placement you have
Yes, animals can help some children settle into a new home but we do need to carry out vet checks and a pet questionnaire.
Transferring to us is easier than you may think. We’ll support you every step of the way and work with you, your existing agency/local authority to minimise the impact on any foster children currently in your care. Find out more about transferring to us http://www.fcascotland.co.uk/already-fostering/
We’ll have an initial chat with you and then arrange for a visit and talk to you in more detail. If you decide you would like to go ahead, we’ll help you begin the application process.
In order to find out if fostering is for you, we will carry out a number of checks on you and your home. For example these will include –
Local Authority Checks
Anyone can apply to foster with us. We welcome foster carers from all walks of life; no matter what your gender, age, race or sexual orientation.
The time between getting approved and having your first placement will vary from person to person. We will ensure to try and match the best possible placement with you, based on your assessment and approval. You can find out more here
We will give you as much information as we know ourselves, to help you with your decision.
The matching process is very robust and we’ll ensure that any young person placed is appropriately matched
Our unique Team Parenting approach will ensure the support you receive is 24/7 and 365 days per year
Your religion doesn’t affect your ability to foster and we welcome carers from all backgrounds.
It depends on the placement type and each individual child. It could be anything from a few days, week, months or even years or permanently
No, any young person placed with you must have their own bedroom
If you would like some more information to help you decide whether fostering is for you all you need to do is contact us.
Call us on 0141 646 4805 (lines open Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm)
Fostering a child or young person is a big decision so we’re here to answer any questions you may have. Our friendly fostering advisors can talk you through everything you need to know about becoming a foster carer.
Outside of these hours please call 0800 434 6000. Freephone lines open Mon to Thurs – 5pm to 8pm.