FAQs Page - Fostering and Adoption Nottingham

Frequently asked questions

How much will I get paid as a foster carer?

You will get paid a generous weekly allowance, which varies according to the age and needs of the child(ren) you foster. We also make additional payment to cover the costs of birthdays, religious celebrations, mileage, and any equipment required. See our payments page for full details.


How long does it take to become a foster carer?

On average it takes about 6 months from application to approval. This time is reduced for those wanting to transfer from an independent agency.

Will the parents of a child visit me in my home?

No, unless there are exceptional circumstances. When children have contact with their family members, this is done in a neutral place like a Sure Start centre.

Can I still work and foster?

Yes. If you work full-time or part-time, there are certain types of fostering that you may be more suited to.

Can I foster if I’m lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender?

Yes. We welcome applications from couples in same-sex relationships, or single gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people.

Is fostering only for married couples?

No. We welcome people who are married, single, living together, or in a civil partnership.

How old do I need to be to foster?

If you are over 21 and can provide a stable and caring home, you can foster. There is no upper age limit.

Can I foster if I am unemployed?

Yes. It doesn’t matter if you are working or not. We simply look for people who can offer a caring home. We do ask about finances, but this applied to applicants who in are in work too.


I have a criminal record, can I still foster?

You can’t foster if you have certain types of convictions, such as those for violence or offences against children. Get in touch with us if you are unsure.

Can I foster if I have children of my own?

Absolutely. Parenting experience is really valuable (but not essential) when it comes to fostering.

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