Don’t be scared of the process of fostering. The friendly, professional recruitment duty team are ready to help you with the next steps of the process, talk to you, offer advice and help you make the right decision for you and your family.
Some of the questions will be based around whether you are old enough, where you live and some basic health and life experience questions. This could include requests for information along the following lines.
Age: The minimum legal age at which you can apply to foster is 21 years old.
Where you live: It does not matter where you live, so long as your situation is stable and you have space to offer a foster child - they will need their own room in most cases. You could live on your own, or with a partner (gay or straight, married or cohabiting).
Health: Foster carers need to be in reasonable health to look after a child. Hampshire County Council supports children in its care to live in healthy environments and this policy includes smoking. If you smoke or live with someone who smokes, please discuss this with us so we can explain our policy and what it may mean for you if you want to foster younger children (children under the age of five, or any child that has health concerns such as asthma or who has a disability that limits their mobility cannot be looked after in a smoking household)
Life Experience: If you or a member of your household has had a criminal conviction in the past, this will not necessarily stop you from fostering - it depends what the conviction was for and how long ago, so please ask us about this.