Can you foster with a criminal record?
There is no such thing as a 'typical' or 'standard' foster carer. Each will bring a wide range of life and work experiences.
If you, or your partner, has a criminal record, it doesn't necessarily mean that you cannot become a foster carer.
It will depend on the nature of the offence. Whilst certain convictions such as offences against children would preclude you from fostering, all risks will be assessed and checks made before you can become a foster carer.
Caring for a child or young person calls for special personality traits - foster caring might be exactly the right choice for you.
If you have a criminal record and would like to know if you meet the fostering criteria, please get in touch now.
Contact us about fostering
Foster carers are:
- single, divorced, married or cohabiting
- working fulltime or part time
- unemployed or on welfare benefits
- from all religions, ethnicities and cultures
- all genders and sexual orientations
- over 21 and over (there’s no upper age limit)
- diverse and may manage a physical disability or mental health condition.
What you need
- A genuine interest in helping children through a difficult time in their lives.
- As a family to have time in your lives and space in your home to care for a child or young person.
- Experience as parents or of caring for children.
- Energy and enthusiasm to keep up with the demands of an active child.
- Patience, tolerance, resilience and good communications skills.
- An understanding of the potential impact of trauma, separation and loss on children.
- A warm and welcoming home, with or without pets (you do not need to own your home).
- A spare bedroom so that the foster child has a space to make their own.
- A positive and flexible approach to life, supporting our children to develop a strong sense of their own identity which may differ to your own (identity, ethnicity, culture, religion, gender, sexuality, disability).
There are very few reasons why you can’t foster. It used to be that you had to be a certain type of person but it’s not like that now.
Sarah – foster carer
You’ll be part of a team alongside social workers and the children’s parents. You’ll attend meetings. You will take children and young people to health or education appointments. You might also work with a child’s school to help them attend or be able to learn.
You need to be available for the needs of the child in your care, so working full time is not usually compatible.
You don’t need qualifications, but you do need to be willing to attend regular training. We offer a wide range of opportunities to develop your interests and skills.
Working with you, we will match the child with the foster carer. We will consider the child’s needs, your skills, experience and of course your family.