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You do not need to own your own home or have a spare room to foster. Can you foster? Can you change lives? Take our quick survey.

You do not need to own your own house, but your accommodation whether it is owned or rented will be an important part of your assessment process. You will need to have the necessary space and stability to offer a nurturing environment for children and young people placed with you.

If you do own your own house, your home will form an important part of your assessment. Your house will need to be maintained to a good standard to accommodate children and young people with appropriate safeguarding measures in place.

What about a spare room? Most fostering services will require you to have a spare room dedicated to fostering. Although some service providers may be looking for specific carers to look after babies on a short term basis. If you are short of space, you may wish to consider respite care. Also known as ‘short-break’ or ‘shared care’, this covers a variety of different types of part-time care. You could have a child to stay for a few hours or a day each week, giving their own family or their full time foster carers a much needed break.

Most fostering services will require you to have a spare room dedicated to fostering. Although there is no regulatory requirement for foster children over the age of 3 to have their own bedroom, National Minimum Standards 10.6 states that a child over the age of 3 years should have their own bedroom where physically possible, taking into account the child’s wishes and feelings.

Can you foster? Can you change lives? There is a constant need for foster carers with a shortfall of around 9,000 in this year alone. Don’t delay; start the process today.

Find out if you fit the criteria to foster by completing our quick online survey. (only 11 tick box questions)

Call Fosterline in confidence to find out more about becoming a foster carer on 0800 040 7675. Qualified Fosterline Advisers are available 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.

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