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Take the quiz to find out whether you can apply to be a foster carer.

Answer the following quick and easy questions that are commonly asked by those new to fostering who are considering becoming a carer.

There are 10 questions. Please select the YES or NO options. You will be given advice after each answer you select before moving onto the next question.

This quiz has been designed to provide you with plenty of useful information to help make your decision on whether to foster.

Fusion Fostering welcomes people from all walks of life including different ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds and the LGBTQ+ community. Applications are welcomed regardless of gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, and home-ownership.

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1. Do you have a spare bedroom?

Great! All foster children that come to live with you require a bedroom of their own. Young people need to have their own private and safe space.

All foster children need their own bedroom. They cannot share with your birth children or members of your family. If you’re planning on moving to a larger home soon, we’d like to stay in touch!

2. Are you a full-time UK resident with leave to remain?

That’s good! We’ll need to see your documentation during the application process should you choose to go ahead.

If you are not a British citizen, your individual circumstances will need to be discussed further. We’ll love to privately discuss this with you.

3. Are you aged 21 or above?

Amazing! You must be at least 21 years of age to be a foster carer. There is no upper age limit and anyone over 21 can apply!

You must be at least 21 years of age to apply to be a carer. If you’re approaching your 21st birthday and are interested, you can contact us to discuss options.

4. Are you a homeowner?

That’s good to know. You do not need to be a homeowner to foster but it does demonstrate that you are well settled.

That’s no problem! Tenants are welcome to apply as there is no requirement to own your own home to foster. You will need to ensure that your landlord is aware and is happy for you to foster.

5. Are you married, or in a civil partnership?

We welcome applications from couples as well as single people. You can foster if you are married or in a civil partnership, including those in same-sex relationships.

That’s fine! We welcome applications from single people and those who are dating, including those in the LGBTQ+ community.

6. Do you have your own children?

Wonderful! This means that you will have had some experience with childcare already. Full training will be provided for you to grow your skillset.

That’s fine. You do not need any experience of childcare to be a successful foster carer. Full training and support are provided to all of our carers.

7. Do you work full-time?

You can work and foster at the same time but you must consider your circumstances carefully. You must be able to provide full support to the child including attending meetings and appointments during usual working hours.

That’s ideal. Fostering requires a lot of commitment and you may not have time to foster if you work full-time. Fostering is most suited to those who do not currently work, who work part-time or flexible hours, or who are retired.

8. Do you have a criminal record?

Previous convictions need to be shared with us and a DBS check carried out. Not all convictions will stop you from fostering, you can discuss this matter confidentially with one of our fostering advisers.

That’s great. You meet this requirement but a DBS check will still be carried out to confirm this.

9. Do you have any health issues or a disability?

Having a health issue or disability does not affect your fostering application if you are fit enough to provide full-time care to a child. Everyone’s situation varies and we will discuss this confidentially with you.

That’s good to know. Fostering can be hard work; being fit and healthy will ensure you are up to the job.

10. Have you fostered before?

That’s great! We welcome carers wishing to transfer to our agency who can bring skills and expertise to our team. We hope that by joining Fusion you will have access to more opportunities, support, and room to grow!

That’s not a problem. You do not need any experience in childcare to foster. We will provide full training and ongoing support to you in your role.

Great – we’d love to hear from you!

Your answers indicated that you might be a good candidate for fostering. The next step is to get in touch to chat with one of our fostering advisors who will be able to talk you through the next steps.

or, fill out the contact form below…

Thank you for your answers!

Your answers show that you do not currently meet the criteria to foster. If things will be changing for you in the future or you’d like more information on how to meet the requirements, please get in touch!

or, fill out the contact form below to request more information…

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Fusion Fostering Limited, incorporated and registered in England and Wales with company number 07819299 whose registered office is at Old Mill, Maltravers House, Petters Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 1SH.

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