Honesty is the best policy

Posted 2 August 2022

You may have noticed that the government here in the UK is going through a bit of change. Since the Prime Minister announced his resignation a few weeks ago, no less than eight hopeful replacements have kept us supplied us with a continuous avalanche of policy announcements and promises. At times it was hard to keep up. Thankfully just two remain now, with Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss left to battle it out over the summer. Cue more policy announcements. Politics is important though, so we’ll be doing our best to stay abreast of things. Alongside eating ice cream.

In the meantime, all the policy talk got us thinking, what if Footprints held a hustings? What could we say about fostering and what questions would we be asked? The Town Hall was already booked, so we thought we’d share a little Q and A session right here, using some of the most popular queries we get. If you’re considering fostering, we hope you find it useful. Rest assured, we believe honesty is the best policy. Ok, honesty and kindness.

Q: How old do you have to be to foster?
A: You need to be at least 21 years old, but there is no upper age limit. So long as you are fit and able to look after a child on a full-time basis, fostering could be for you.

Q: Can I foster if I’m single?
A: Absolutely. Marital status, sexuality and gender are not barriers to fostering.

Q: Will I get paid to foster?
A: Yes! We also offer birthday and festival allowances for each child to help you cover special costs.

Q: Can I foster and still work?
A: Potentially, yes. Depending on the needs of the child you are caring for, you may be able to have a part or even full-time job. It is important that you are available for various meetings and appointments, so please bear this in mind.

Q: Will I get any support when I’m fostering?
A: Definitely. We’re proud at Footprints that we offer our carers support every step of the way. We have regular support groups and informal get-togethers and provide 24/7 access to individual support. In addition, our social workers are matched with a maximum of eight carers, so you know you will always have someone who understands your case and never get lost in a crowd.

Q: Can I foster if I have a criminal record?
A: A criminal record won’t stop you fostering, unless the offences relate to children or are of a sexual nature. You will need to disclose any convictions during the application process though, so they can be discussed fairly.

Q: What do I need to foster?
A: A heart for supporting and nurturing children so they can feel safe, develop and grow. Also a spare bedroom.

Our policy is clear, we want fantastic foster carers who can help make an amazing difference in a child’s life. If you’re interested in finding out more check out our information pack, or contact us for a chat. We’re always up for an open conversation because honesty really is the best policy. Honesty, kindness and ice cream.