We know there are many myths about who can foster and that sometimes people rule themselves out as possible foster carers unnecessarily.
All our foster carers have the passion, energy, skills and enthusiasm to care for children and young people and to help them to achieve. Sounds like you?
There is no such thing as a typical child or young person and the same can be said for our foster carers too. That’s why we need foster carers from all ages and backgrounds to ensure that children are matched as successfully as possible.
The main criteria are that you are over 21 years of age and have time and space to accommodate a child both in your heart and in your home. You must also have a spare bedroom that is suitable for a child to call their own.
Have a look at some answers to frequently asked questions below.
- Can I be too old to foster?
No, there is no upper age limit as long as you feel you have the energy and good health required to look after a child or young person. Older carers often have the experience of bringing up their own children that can be useful when fostering, as some experience of children is essential.
- Can I foster if I already have children of my own?
Yes, your whole family will be included in your assessment, and your children will be consulted about what they think about fostering. Many of our foster carers comment on the positive rewards that their birth children experience through being part of a foster family.
- Can I foster if I am from the LGBTQ+ community?
Yes, we pride ourselves on being an inclusive fostering agency, who welcome people and families from all backgrounds.
Here in Doncaster we believe LGBTQ+ people and families have a key role to play in meeting the urgent need for more new homes for children in care.
We believe that it’s your personal qualities and what you can offer that make you a great foster parent and not your gender or sexual orientation.
Whether you’re male or female, straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, as long as you’re compassionate and can provide a stable environment for a child or young person, you really have got what we’re looking for.
- Can I foster if I don't live in Doncaster?
Yes, we welcome applications from people who live outside of the town. However, you will have to decide whether it is practical, as children may need regular contact with their parents.
- Can I foster if I work full-time?
Yes, as long as you have a flexible employer and enough time to devote to meeting a child’s needs. You will need to be available during school holidays.
- Can I foster if I am unemployed?
Yes, as long as you are able to provide a secure home.
- Can I foster if I don't have a spare bedroom?
No, all foster carers must have a spare bedroom that is able to accommodate a looked after child. This can either be in your own home or rented accommodation.
- Can I foster if I smoke or vape?
Yes, although you will not be able to foster children under the age of 5 years.
- Can I foster if I am having fertility treatment or I am pregnant?
No, undergoing fertility treatment can be a difficult and emotional time, and we feel that this is not the best time to introduce a child into a home. If your treatment is unsuccessful then we will consider you 12 months after your last treatment cycle. If you are pregnant, or have recently had a child, we don’t think that it is suitable for you to foster at the present time.
- Can I foster if I have a criminal conviction?
It depends on the conviction, when it was committed and how you have lived since. A Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check will be made on all applicants.