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Are you considering becoming a foster carer? Here at FosterCare UK, we know that coming to this decision requires answers to many questions, often around ‘can I foster if…?’ Typically, these questions revolve around who you are as a person, your financial or living status, where you live and your health. However, there’s often common misconceptions on whether you can foster based on these criteria. That’s why we’ve put together this fostering FAQs section which details the most commonly asked questions. However, if your specific query is not listed in the FAQs below, please don’t hesitate to get in touch...

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Is fostering a job? Can you foster and work? These are two of the most common questions people ask regarding starting a career in fostering. However, is often dependent on the individual circumstances of the carer, for example, if you are fostering as a single parent or as a couple, or the demands required from your workplace. As fostering is considered as a career, it’s likely that working outside the home may not be necessary. Learn more about if you can work and foster from our detailed guide. Yes – fostering is considered as a full-time job. When you become...

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Long term fostering refers to when a child or young person is not able to return to their birth family, or adoption is not possible. This type of fostering placement, also known as permanent fostering, will usually last until the child in care ages out of the foster care system by reaching adulthood. People often wonder about the difference between long term fostering and adoption. Long term fostering allows the child or young person to remain in contact with their birth family, if this is appropriate, while providing a safe, secure home for them. However, adoption is more of a...

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