Preparing to Foster

Is my home suitable for fostering?

If you have ever considered becoming a foster parent, you may have had this common concern.

So, in order to sign up with foster care agencies and welcome a child into your home, what requirements does your property need to meet?

A key thing to remember is that foster children don’t need the most luxurious or perfect home. A nurturing family who can provide stability and emotional support is by far and away the most important thing you can offer as a foster parent.

Foster carers should also undergo regular health and safety training, which can often be provided for by your agency.

The main housing requirement that you are likely to come across is an adequate bedroom space. Sharing a room may be acceptable, but you can expect agencies to stipulate that each foster child has their own bed.

Other basics that can be considered mandatory are safety features such as smoke alarms, and functioning utilities like a bathroom and kitchen. These are the fundamental domestic arrangements that you will be expected to provide, along with financial stability – that is, adequate income to provide for your foster child.

Ultimately, foster children need a safe, stable home, with foster parents that are ready to open their lives to them.

At Beacon Fostering, we are here to help you begin your journey to becoming a foster carer. Any questions? Our team are here to guide you on every step of the process. Call us today or use the contact form to request a callback.