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frequently asked questions

Will I get paid to foster?

When you become part of the Focus Foster Care family you will not only receive a friendly supportive and professional service you will also benefit from a generous allowance. For further information regarding payments please request an information pack.

Will I get paid if I don’t have a child in placement ?

As foster carers are self employed we are only able to make payments when a child or young person is placed with you.

How long does it take to become a foster carer?

The whole process will usually take approximately 6 months, during that time we will appoint a social worker who will assess your suitability to be a foster carer.

Can I continue to work and be a foster carer?

Foster carers are able to continue working however we do ask that you have the flexibility within your family to ensure that you can meet the needs of a child and this will be assessed on an individual basis.

What support will I get?

When you become an approved foster carer you will be allocated a supervising social worker who will meet with you regularly. We are also available 24 hours a day should you need us.

What training is available?

There is a comprehensive training programme which assists carers in reflecting on their practice and improving their skills. Your supervising social worker will work with you through supervision to identify areas of specific training relevant to the children that you are caring for.

Does a foster child have to have their own bedroom?

Foster children should always have their own bedroom.

I am single can i be a foster carer?

Yes lots of foster carers are single.

I don’t own my home?

Foster carers do not have to own their own home but we will require your landlords approval in writing.

I can’t drive?

Ordinarily we do require a member of the household to drive however in some cases we can accept carers who don’t have access to a vehicle if they live in a area with good transport links.

I have a criminal record?

Everyone’s background and experience is different so we assess each applicant on their own merits. The most important thing is that you are completely honest and open with us at every stage of your assessment.