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Mythbusting foster care

People have a lot of misconceptions about being a foster carer. You may be single, in a same sex relationship or own a pet and can be a foster carer.

Contact usI have a dog; would this prevent me from fostering?

Unless you have a dog that is on the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 (Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino and Fila Brasileiro), there is a good chance you could become a Foster Swansea foster carer.

I am 55 years old.  Am I too old to foster?

Absolutely NOT!  All we ask is that you are over the age of 21.

Am I too overweight?

There is no weight limit.  If your doctor declares that you are fit enough to foster, then we will keep to with their decision.

Will my medical condition prevent me from becoming a foster carer?

As part of the fostering assessment process, your medical health will be checked.  Not all disabilities or medical conditions will stop you from fostering; particularly if managed well.

I live in rented accommodation; can I still be a foster carer?

Providing that your landlord provides their written consent, then this will not prevent you from becoming a Foster Swansea carer.  You will however need to have at least 1 spare bedroom available for fostering.

Can I foster if I smoke?

Some foster carers smoke, however we would not place children under five in a household where someone smokes.

Can I foster if I am single?

Yes.  We have a mixture of carers.  Some carers are single, some are unmarried couples, and others are married - with/without their own children.  You will have the opportunity to meet with others carers and offer each other advice/support.

Can I foster if I am in a same-sex relationship?

Absolutely, yes!

Can I foster if I have a criminal record?

A criminal conviction will not always prevent you from being a Foster Swansea foster carer - it depends on the nature of the conviction and when it occurred.  We carry out police checks as part of our assessment process.

There is a high chance that minor offences committed some time ago will not exclude you from becoming a foster carer, though serious offences like violence or offences against children will.

Can I work and still foster?

Yes, however if the child is of school age, someone will need to be available to drop off/pick up from school, as well as to take them to any other appointments, meetings and potentially contact.  You will also need to make adequate arrangements to care for/collect the child from school if they are poorly.

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