Your most asked questions on Fostering for #FosteringFriday3 June, 2016
We’ve been gathering up your most asked questions on fostering this week! Here are the top three, with answers from our experts:
What is the difference between fostering and adopting?
When adopting a child, they become a permanent and legal part of your family. Fostering, however, means offering a temporary home to children, where you are supported by a Social Worker and the legal responsibility lies with the Local Authority. The child will live with you until they return to their family, move to adopters, or reach independence. In all cases however, you will care for the child as though they are your own son or daughter.
Can I foster if I am gay?
Definitely! Foster Carers can be gay, lesbian, straight, transgender or bisexual. The main requirements are based on your personal qualities and the support that you can offer a child.
How old do you have to be to become a Foster Carer?
Foster Carers need to be over 21 years old. There is no maximum age, however, as long as you have the right qualities to be a carer and are able to support a child in your care.