Preparing to Foster

Common questions surrounding foster care

If you are considering becoming a foster carer, you will probably have questions about the process of becoming one, and the requirements needed to look after a child, or children, in need.

At Beacon Fostering, we seek to provide advice and support potential, as well as current, carers based in the North West. Read on to find out more.

I’m single – can I still foster?

Yes, fostering is open to single people as well as couples.

Can I foster if I already have my own children?

Yes, fostering is open to those with and without children. If your own children have flown the nest, then this could open up valuable space to a child in need.

What are the main reasons that children come into care?

There are many reasons why children enter foster care.

This could be due to the lack of safety in their own homes, possibly because of neglect, abuse or addiction.

The reasons for a child to be in care are unique as the child themselves, and can be down to a wide range of factors.

Can I apply if I rent my home?

Yes, as long as you have the relevant agreement from your landlord and are renting your property long term.

What if I have a criminal record?

If you have a criminal record, this would require a review of the conviction and associated information during your DBS check.

Can same-sex couples foster?

Yes, all couples are considered as potential foster carers, and we encourage you to apply regardless of whether you are in an opposite or same-sex relationship.

For more information about fostering in the North West, reach out to our team at Beacon Fostering today.