Got a question about fostering?

We may have an answer here on this page! If not, please get it touch and we will find an answer for you.

How many children can I foster?

It depends on how much space you have in your home. Foster children need their own bedroom, although same-sex siblings can sometimes share.

Do I need special qualifications to foster?

No, you don’t need any special qualifications to foster. We will provide you with training to help get you ready for the role.

We do ask that you have some childcare experience, whether this is through work or with your own children.

If I move my children into one bedroom, then I'd have a spare bedroom. Can I foster? 

This will depend on:

Please contact us to discuss this further.

Can I foster if I have a baby?

As fostering can be a demanding role and the children you will look after need a lot of your time and focus, we ask that the youngest child in your home is 2 years old before starting your fostering journey.

Who is responsible for taking the child to and from school?

You, as the foster carer, will be responsible for taking the child to and from school. If you have your own children, you will need to consider how you would manage different school pick up and drop off times.

My partner doesn’t speak English well, can we still foster?

This will depend on your partner’s level of English. Ideally, we ask that they have achieved at least Level 3 ESOL (English as a Second Language) training. They will need to be confident speaking and be able to communicate on your behalf if you’re not around for any reason. For example, to be able to speak to professionals, take telephone messages etc.

Please talk to us on 01274 434444 and we will be able to discuss your individual circumstances with you.

There is an expectation that the main carer is fluent and confident speaking, reading and writing in English.

I live with extended family. Can I foster?

This will depend will depend on a number of things, such as;

Please talk to us so we can discuss your individual circumstances

I haven’t/my partner hasn’t been in the UK for over 5 years, can we still foster?

We have recently changed our guidance to reflect advice from the Fostering Network (May 2020). To foster for Bradford one of you if you are a couple will have to have lived in the UK for at least 5 years and have indefinite leave to remain or be a UK citizen. You must be, as a couple, committed to living in the UK for the foreseeable future.
If you are applying as a single person, you must have lived in the UK for a minimum of 5 years, have indefinite leave to remain or be a UK citizen.

I don’t have a lot of family support. Can I still foster?

Fostering can be a challenging and demanding role. We ask foster carers to consider your wider support network and who you could call on to support you personally during a stressful time. Support networks can include friends as well as family.

Not having family support will not necessarily stop you fostering, and you will of course also have support from the Fostering Service. However, we do need to know that you have other people around you (such as friends and colleagues) so you are not isolated.

We eat Halal what would we do if a child wanted to eat pork?

You would not have to bring pork into your home. We would just ask that if the child wanted to eat pork, you would take them out for a meal.

I am overweight. Can I still foster?

We want all of our foster carers to be healthy and active enough to look after our children. Everyone applying to foster has to pass a medical assessment.

We would like to know that you are making positive steps to manage your weight; for example, starting to eat right, taking regular exercise. We would want you to set a healthy and positive example to the child/ children in your care.

Does it cost to become a foster carer?

Most assessment costs are covered by Bradford Fostering Service, but if you have two or more dogs, or a dog on the "dog of caution" list or a pet we are worried about, you will have to pay for their assessment.

We just ask that you are available for training, which may involve taking some time off work.

If your home needs remedial work, for example a new fuse box fitting or fixing fencing in the garden, to make it safe as a foster home, you will have to pay for these works yourself. 

I don’t drive. Can I foster?

Driving isn’t a necessity but it can help you get to meetings, school and contact more easily. We prefer foster carers to be able to drive and have access to a car.

I have a criminal conviction, can I foster? 

criminal record does not necessarily stop you from becoming a foster carer. The law states that the only criminal convictions that prevent people from fostering are those that relate to an offence against children or a sexual offence. Minor offences should not count against you in your application to foster.