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Fostering myths

Fostering myths

Think you can’t foster? You’d be surprised!

If you’ve considered fostering – but didn’t think you’d be eligible – then think again. Just as there is no typical foster child, there is no such thing as a typical foster carer.

I am 55 years old. Am I too old to foster?

Absolutely NOT! All we ask is that you are over the age of 21.

Am I too overweight?

There is no weight limit. If your doctor thinks you’re fit enough to foster then so do we.

Can I foster if I smoke?

Some carers smoke, however we do not place children under five in a smoking household.

I have a dog; would this prevent me from fostering?

Unless you have a dog that is on the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, there is a good chance you can apply to be a foster carer. However special caution will be exercised when assessing households where there is an Alsatian, Rottweiler, or Doberman.

Can I foster if I’m single?

Yes. We have a mixture of carers. Some carers are single, some are unmarried couples, and others are married – with/without their own children.

Can I foster if I’m in a same-sex relationship?

Absolutely! We welcome LGBTQ+ foster carers, ensuring a perfect match to you, your family and lifestyle.

Can I foster if I don’t drive?

Yes, of course.

Can I foster if I have a criminal record?

A criminal conviction won’t always prevent you from being a foster carer – it depends on the nature of the conviction and when it occurred. We carry out police checks as part of our application process.

There is a high chance that minor offences committed some time ago won’t exclude you from fostering, though serious offences like violence or offences against children will.

Can I work and still foster?

Yes, however if the child is of school age, someone will need to be available to drop off and pick up from school. In addition, if you foster babies, or children of pre-school age, one of you will need to be available on a full time basis.

Does it cost anything to apply?

No, it is free to apply to be a foster carer.

Few circumstances automatically prevent someone from being able to foster so don’t rule yourself out. If you have any doubts don’t hesitate to contact us to find out whether your situation would prevent you from fostering.

Below is a list of essential requirements for a foster carer, along with those that are not important.
Essential Not important
A spare bedroom Experience of working with children
Enjoy caring for children and young people Whether you have children or not
At least 21 years old, though there is no upper limit Marital status
Ability to work alongside other people that are important in the child’s life Gender identity or sexual orientation
Happy to undergo a fostering assessment Medical condition or disability, so long as it is stable and does not affect your ability to care for a child
Enthusiasm and willingness to make a difference Whether you own your own home or rent your accommodation (so long as your tenancy is stable)
Prepared to learn how children behave when they’ve had difficult life experiences Ethnic, cultural or religious background
Willing to attend training and support groups Employment status
Sense of humour  
Your home is safe from hazards and there is space in your house to accommodate a child  
Patience and understanding  
Kind and confident  
Time and energy to devote to a child  
Realistic and not easily fazed by challenging situation  
Skills to ensure that a child’s fullest potential is reached  
Comfortable around children  
Accept children and their families, and the backgrounds they come from.  
Recognise that the children’s needs come first  

Contact us

Bridgend foster care team
Telephone: 01443 425007

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