Fostering FAQs | Foster Carer Meaning, Advice & Support UK

FAQ’s

We understand that you will have a lot of questions when deciding to become a foster carer. That’s why we have gathered some of the most frequently asked questions to help support your decision.

Do I need a spare room to foster?

Yes. To foster with us, you are required to have a spare bedroom.

What experience do I need?

To foster with Kibble, you are not required to have any experience however, foster carers must have an interest in, and enjoy working with young people. They will need to be patient and understand that some of the young people may have had difficult early childhood experiences and need caring adults to be supportive and nurturing.  A commitment to valuing and respecting children and young adults is essential. You don’t require any previous qualifications to become a foster carer – we provide a comprehensive training programme.

What training do you offer?

All full-time carers must complete an HNC in Childcare and an SVQ in Social Care which will be provided by the organisation. You will also be required to undertake other mandatory training, there is extensive training opportunities available to all staff and foster carers.

Can I foster if I have a criminal conviction?

All foster carers undergo a Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check. We need to know about all criminal convictions, and this is determined at an early stage of the process. While not all convictions will prevent you from proceeding, there are certain convictions that would prohibit you from becoming a foster carer.

Will I have a say in which young people I foster?

All young people who are placed go through a matching process to ensure it meets the needs of both you and the young person, foster carers are fully included in the process.

What if there is an emergency?

We have dedicated emergency short breaks workers who will support you through an emergency or placement breakdown. We also provide support 24/7.

I want to work with babies, is that possible?

The age range for our fostering service is 5-25. If you are interested in fostering babies, we would recommend you contact another fostering agency, or local authority, that works with children of that age range.

Am I allowed to take a young person on holiday?

Yes, if this is agreed by the young person’s care team. We would want the child or young person to have lots of positive experiences and opportunities.

Do children stay in contact with their birth families?

Contact with families can be very important to our young people. There are various types of contact which can include indirect contact (e.g., letters or cards), or direct contact such as time alone with the family, or supervised contact.

Often there are meetings to attend such as progress meetings, LAAC (Looked After and Accommodated Child) reviews, Children’s Hearings etc. and the parents along with the foster carer are often in attendance at these too.

Can I still keep my current job and foster too?

This depends on the type of placement you wish to offer. For full-time foster carers and planned short breaks carers, we would ask that your focus is on the young person/young people in your care and that you have no other employment. Because of this we offer very generous professional fees and allowances. The only exceptions to this are the pro-rata and adult placement carer roles where you may be in other employment.

Will I get any holidays?

Yes. All our carers receive 28 days paid short breaks per year. The exception to this is pro-rata carers.

How long does the process take?

This can depend on various things. However, as a general rule the process can take approximately six months.