Choosing to foster is a big decision and you’re likely to have many questions before you feel ready to begin your journey. These FAQs aim to answer many commonly asked questions. However, if you’re still unsure about any aspect of fostering, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Is it difficult to transfer from another agency or a local authority?
The process for transferring is a lot easier than you may think. We’ll help you to make it as smooth and stress-free as possible. If you have a child in placement, we will work with you and the local authority to ensure that they are not disrupted in the move.
How does fostering affect tax and benefits?
Foster carers are classed as self-employed and receive generous tax relief, so you’ll pay little or no tax. As a FosterTalk member, you’ll have access to free tax advice and support. In addition you won’t lose any benefits you may already be receiving.
How long does the fostering application take?
The assessment process can vary depending on individual circumstances and normally takes up to six months. We will stay in close contact with you throughout the assessment and ensure you feel supported.
Will I get help?
We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for support and guidance. We understand that fostering can be a demanding role and want you to feel reassured that someone will always be there for you. You will also become a member of FosterTalk, an organisation that offers a comprehensive range of additional support services to foster carers.
Do I have a say in who I look after?
We will always carefully match children with foster carers depending on their circumstances and preferences. We want you to be confident of the match too and will always listen to any concerns you may have.
Do I have to give up work?
It is possible to work and foster at the same time. However, you will need to be available to take your foster child to school, to attend meetings, or in case the child falls ill. Please contact us with further details about your personal situation and we can advise you.
What type of company is Local Fostering?
Local Fostering is a privately owned foster care agency. We work closely with local authorities to help them to find suitable foster placements for children they are unable to place. As an independent fostering agency, we are able to dedicate our full attention to supporting our foster carers and the children in their care.
What age do you have to be to foster?
You can foster from the age of 21, but there is no upper age limit. All you need is the enthusiasm to be actively involved in all aspects of your fostering role.
How do I become a foster carer?
The first step would be to get in touch and have a chat with our friendly team who will advise you on the process and answer any questions. Take a look at the fostering process for more details.