Separate the truth from the most common myths about fostering with our clear answers to your concerns.
People from all different backgrounds, religions and lifestyles can become a foster carer. However, there are some basic requirements that all foster carers must have.
To foster with Islington, you must:
have a spare bedroom, if you want to foster children over two years old
be able to take children to and from school, to health appointments and to meet their family
be in good health
be able to speak, read and write English
be there for a child whenever they need you
There are many myths around fostering that may put people off coming forward such as you must own your own home or need to be married which are not true. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions to help you avoid some of these myths.
Yes, many of our foster carers live outside the borough. However, you will need to be within comfortable commuting distance of Islington. This is so you can attend meetings or family-time sessions, and the child can travel to school and see friends and family easily and safely. Each child's needs are different, and it may sometimes be better for them to live outside Islington.
Yes, however this will limit what kind of fostering you are able to do. It is important that you can meet our children’s needs as well as work.
Usually not, but you should check with your local benefits office. You can get further advice from The Fostering Network.
No, if you are in reasonably good health, we welcome applications from anyone aged 24 and over.
Yes, Islington foster carers live in owned or rented accommodation, and may be private or council tenants.
Yes, we take applications from people regardless of their employment status.
Yes, we welcome your application. Islington is an inclusive community-based local authority and is highly committed to equal opportunities and promote anti-discriminatory practice. We are interested in what skills and abilities you can offer.
Yes, we welcome your application if you are single, in a relationship or married.
Maybe. We try to get a balanced picture of where people are now in their lives, but violent or child-related convictions would rule you out.
Yes, we welcome applicants from people with disabilities.
Yes, but you do need to have a good standard of written and spoken English. This is to ensure you can communicate with both the child and other professionals such as teachers and social workers.
Yes you need to have a spare room to foster with Islington, unless you are looking after a baby under two years old who could sleep in your bedroom.
Yes, but you will not be allowed to foster children under the age of five. Please consider stopping smoking, as children of all ages are affected by passive smoking. In addition, they will see you as a role model and may be influenced by your habits.
No, but you must show that you are eligible to remain in the UK permanently.
Yes, we welcome people who already have valuable parenting experience. Your children will also be involved in the fostering process.