You have to be over 21 to foster, but there’s no upper age limit for fostering.
Yes. We accept applications from single people or couples, regardless of their gender or sexuality.
No. We accept applications from people who have children of their own and from people who don’t have children of their own.
The children who need foster care are all ages. We need carers for babies right through to teenagers.
Yes. Foster children must have their own bedrooms.
No. You don’t need to own your own home to foster. However, we will do mortgage or landlord checks.
Yes. It doesn’t matter if you live in a flat or a house, as long as you have a spare room.
The children you foster may need to maintain regular contact with their family and friends. It may be appropriate for you allow this to happen in your own home. We’d only arrange this if you agree and if it was safe to do so.
Yes. You can take a foster child on holiday, as long as we agree. For legal reasons, you’ll not be able to take some children out of the country. This would not prevent you from taking a holiday. We can arrange for respite carers to look after your foster child/children when you’re away, however wherever possible we would hope that a foster child could be part of holiday plans.
Yes, we accept applications from people who are in full-time or part-time work, or who are unemployed. You will need to be flexible around the needs of the children you care for, which means it could be difficult to foster a child if you have a particularly demanding full-time job. We’ll discuss issues like this during your assessment process.
No. Your ability to become a foster carer does not depend on the amount of money you have.
Yes. We pay you a retainer fee.
No. Foster carers in the UK do not pay tax on their income from fostering, up to a maximum of £10,000 per household.
Yes, but only if the children you foster are over five years of age or who have a respiratory illness or other risk factors in smoking households.
We carry out criminal record checks when we’re assessing if you’re suitable to become a foster carer. Not all criminal convictions will prevent you from fostering. But we won’t consider you if you have a history of sexual offences or cruelty to children.
Yes. You must have a medical examination to prove you are fit enough to foster. However, not all illnesses will prevent us from considering you.
No. We provide all the training you need before you become a foster carer and when you are a foster carer.
The full process usually takes between 6-12 months.
Yes. If you’re living together, we’ll need to assess you both. You must also be able to show that you’ve had a well-established and stable relationship for at least three years.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FOSTERING THROUGH FALKIRK COUNCIL AND FOSTERING THROUGH OTHER FOSTER CARE PROVIDERS?
All the children in our care are from the Falkirk area. By fostering through us, you’ll help to keep children in their local community, for example so they are near their own schools and family and friends. This helps to reduce further disruption to their lives.