CAN I FOSTER IF I AM SINGLE?

Yes! Many of our carers are not in relationships and are approved as single carers. Married or single, living together or not, as long as you have something to offer a young person, we want to hear from you!

CAN I FOSTER IF I WORK?

Fostering is a demanding role and requires commitment in terms of time as well as energy. If in a couple, we ask that one person is available full time for the fostering role and if you are a single applicant we ask that fostering is your only job. There may be circumstances where there isn’t an exception to this and it is advisable to give us a call to discuss this further.

DO I HAVE A CHOICE ABOUT WHO I FOSTER?

During the assessment process, your assessor will discuss your preference in terms of number of children, age, gender and needs. Throughout the assessment you will come to an agreement with your assessor about your recommended approval. When a young person is identified as in need of a foster placement, we will never force you to accept a placement. We try and encourage our carers to focus on whether they can meet the need of the individual child, rather than become focussed on a specific age or gender.

WHAT IF I SMOKE?

If you smoke we would be unable to place any children under the age of five in your home. If you have older children in placement we ask that all smoking is done outside; this includes e – cigarettes.

DOES MY RELIGION AFFECT MY CHANGES OF BEING A CARER?

We are an inclusive agency that celebrates diversity. Our children come from wide and varied backgrounds so we need carers who do too! We would not exclude your application on the grounds of religions beliefs, all we ask is that you are able to accommodate the religion needs of anyone placed with you.

HOW MUCH DO CARERS GET PAID?

Carers receive an allowance for every child they have in placement but the amount varies depending on the needs of the child/ren in placement; the Government has set minimum weekly payments at £125 for babies, scaling up to £188 for 16 to 18 year olds. At Mulberry Foster Care we want our carers to be financially stable and be able to offer young people a good standard of living so we pay significantly more than this. Our current payments range between £400 – £700 per week. There is a higher weekly fee for carers who have parent and child placements or children with complex disabilities. The payments received cover all aspects of caring for a child or young person including school uniform, food,toiletries,activities etc.

CAN I FOSTER IF I HAVE A CRIMINAL CONVICTION ?

It is dependent on the type of offence you have been convicted of – some offences will automatically exclude you from becoming a carer however some, such as driving convictions, may not. We complete a DBS with all applicants and ask you disclose any convictions that you have prior to this. If you
wish to discuss this further, give one of the team a call.

CAN I HAVE PETS?

Yes. We believe animals can be very therapeutic to children and as an agency we appreciate their benefits. We carry out risk assessments on pets to ensure they are safe to be around children and address arrangements for animals in the health and safety element of your assessment.

WHAT IF I AM IN A SAME SEX RELATIONSHIP?

We invite applications from anyone who believes they have something to offer local children and young people; straight or gay, married or single, we are interested in your skills and ability to offer excellent care. Many carers are gay or in the same sex relationships and it has no impact on their eligibility or opportunities in terms of their fostering career. As previously mentioned we are a diverse agency and encourage people from all backgrounds to contact us if they believe they have something to offer young people.

CAN I TRANSFER FROM ANOTHER AGENCY?

Yes – as foster carers you have the right to transfer to different agencies, just as you would be able to with a job. The process for transferring is very simple – why not give us a call to discuss this further

CAN I FOSTER IF I AM IN DEBT OR HAVE BEEN DECLARED BANKRUPT?

As part of your assessment , the financial stability of your family will be looked at. This is to ensure that children who are placed with you have a secure home. Having dept or a bankruptcy on your credit file will not automaticly exclude you, as long as you are able to demonstrate that becoming a carer is financially a viable option for you and your family. You will only be paid when you have children in placement so it is important you are able to support yourself if you did not have a placement for a period of time.

HOW WILL IT AFFECT MY FAMILY?

This is something that will be discussed with you throughout your assessment and any pre – approval training you attend. It is important to understand that fostering is a whole family task and that all members of the household must be in agreement with your decision to foster. The assessor will be looking ensure that your family has the capacity to foster and will look at any dependants you may be responsible for, whether that is children or elderly or sick relatives

I DON’T HAVE CHILDREN OF MY OWN IS THIS A PROBLEM?

In a word – No! Many of our carers do not have children of their own. We ask that applicants have some experience of working with or caring for children but having your own children is not a pre – requisite for being a foster carer.

WILL MY DISABILITY STATUES AFFECT MY APPLICATION?

Whilst we need to ensure that any potential foster carers have the mental health and physical capacity to provide care to children, we welcome applications from anyone who thinks they have the time, skills and patience to offer a home to young people. If you have additional support needs arising from a disability or health condition, we will work with your assessor and our Agency Medical Advisor to ensure we make any adjustments that may be necessary.