What are the foster care requirements


Considering becoming a foster carer, but unsure how to apply? Brush up on the foster care requirements to determine your eligibility today. If you do not meet these initial criteria for fostering, you will not be able to continue with your application. Learn the main fostering requirements in the UK today from our detailed guide.

Can I foster?

The selection of foster carers, just like the children who are awaiting foster care, is diverse. This means that regardless of your race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or ethnicity, as long as you meet the fostering criteria, you are eligible to foster. If you’re not sure whether or not you can foster, get in touch with a member of our friendly team here at FosterCare UK who can provide you with more information.

Foster care requirements

  • To have a spare bedroom
  •  To be in good health
  • To be at least 21 years of age
  • To have enough time to provide support and care (usually on a full-time basis) to a child or young person
  •  To be a full-time resident in the UK (or have leave to remain)

Is fostering right for you?

Alongside the legal foster carer requirements, there are also various other elements that should be thought about when you’re considering if you can foster. Some of these include:

  • Financial security – do you have multiple outgoing payments or debts? Can you afford fostering?
  •    Experience – having some experience around children is beneficial if you’re wanting to foster, whether it’s through your family life or through volunteering.
  •    Home life – is your home environment safe for a young person or child?
  •     Support network – do you have a stable network of friends and family around you can rely on for support?
  • Past – do you have any previous convictions? If so, read our guide on fostering with a criminal record.


Common fostering misconceptions

However, there are common misconceptions that often people rule themselves out of fostering on:

  •  Is there an age limit to fostering? – there is no upper age limit to fostering, however you do need to be 21 years of age. What is most important is that you are fit to care for any child.
  •  Do you need qualifications to foster? – as part of your application process, you will be trained to develop the skills required to foster, and achieve the training and development England fostering standards.
  • Can you be single and foster? – yes, you can foster as a single parent. However, you will need to demonstrate a network of support and financial security in order to support a foster child.
  •  Can your religion or sexual orientation prevent you from fostering? – no. Any religion or sexual orientation can foster.
  •  Do you have to be a homeowner? – no, you don’t need to own a house. However, you do need to be able to provide consistency for a young person or child living in your home.

The foster care process

Once you know that foster carer is the right path for you, get your fostering journey underway with an initial enquiry. We’ve broken down our 7-step process to becoming a foster carer:

1.      Initial enquiry – To get the process underway, contact us by completing an online form, request a call back or an information pack.

2.      Arranging a home visit – We will arrange to meet you and your family at your family home. Alternatively, we can arrange this via video chat. This helps us get to know you better and provides you with a chance to ask us questions.

3.      Applying to become a foster carer – Next, you will need to complete an application form, at which point you will be assigned a social worker to help you through the process.

4.      Starting the assessment – At this stage, you and your social worker will work together to complete a Form F Assessment.

5.      Skills to foster – We provide foster care training in the shape of our ‘Skills To Foster’ training course.

6.      Going to panel – Final checks are then carried out by our fostering panel before your recommendation to become a foster carer is made.

7.      Your placement – Congratulations! You’re now an approved foster carer and ready for a placement!


Decided that fostering is the right choice for you? Learn more about how much foster parents get paid, the fostering recruitment process and more. Get in touch with one of our expert team here at FosterCare UK for more information.

Thinking of fostering?

If you’ve got any questions or would like to find out more about fostering with Capstone, fill out the form below.
An experienced fostering advisor from your local area will then be in touch.

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