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- Can I foster if I'm single?
- Can I foster if I am gay or lesbian?
- Can I foster if I work full time?
- Can I foster if I don't work?
- Can I foster if I have children of my own?
- Can I foster if I have never been a parent?
- Can I foster if I don't own my home?
- Can I foster if I'm past retirement age?
- Can I foster if I'm overweight?
- Can I foster with Hackney if I live outside the borough?
- Can I foster if I have a criminal conviction?
- Can I foster if I don't have a spare bedroom?
- Can I foster if I'm trying to get pregnant or become an adopter?
- Can I foster if I smoke?
Yes, single people can foster, as well as those who are married, co-habiting or in a civil partnership.
Yes, your sexuality is not a barrier to fostering. We already have a number of same sex couple who foster very successfully.
Yes, so long as your employer is flexible enough to allow you to take time off for meetings, training and school holidays
Yes, and we can offer advice as to how your fostering allowance will affect any state allowances or benefits you may receive.
Yes, fostering can be a great experience for your children and can help to make children coming to live with you feel at home. Your whole family will be included in the assessment.
Yes, we all have experience of living in a family, and we will support you in your caring role.
Yes, so long as you’re financially secure, it doesn’t matter whether you rent privately, through the Council or own your home.
Yes, we welcome applications from retired applicants who have experience of working with children. As long as you have the energy and are in good health to care for a child, we want to hear from you.
Yes, as long as you’re healthy enough to look after a child, we want to hear from you.
Yes, but you will need to be able to easily travel to Hackney to attend our training and support groups. Please contact us to discuss.
It depends on the conviction. A Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check will be made on all applicants.
You must have a bedroom for the child you’re caring for.
Being pregnant or going through the adoption process is a very anxious time. A child needs your full attention, so we don’t think it’s suitable for people going through this to foster.
Due to known health risks associated with smoking, Hackney has a no smoking policy for its foster carers. If you are a smoker, you won’t be approved to care for a child under 5 years old or with heart or respiratory problems. We will also ask you to restrict smoking within the property.