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Can I Foster If I Have A Job?

Posted on 28th February 2018 by

Can I Foster If I Have A Job?

You can become a foster carer whether you’re employed, unemployed, or self-employed – all we ask is that you have sufficient time available to meet the needs of the child or children that are placed with you.

As a foster carer, you are expected to be available to care for your foster children of course, but you also have to :

  • attend meetings about them,
  • undertake training
  • attend support groups
  • promote and support contact between a child and their family

This is obviously a big responsibility and not one that should ever be taken lightly. While you can have a job and foster a child, it doesn’t mean that you’ll be able to.  As long as any child placed with you is your first concern, in exactly the same way that it would be for your own birth child.

Realistically, much will depend on how flexible your job is. A number people today are able to negotiate flexible working arrangements with their employers, or continue to work on a part-time basis to ensure that they are able to meet the needs of placed children whilst maintaining their employment.

If you are caring for children who are of school-age, it may be possible to work part-time whilst they are at school. It may also be possible to work full-time, depending on the needs and age of children in your care.However, if you are not able to rely on the income from fostering alone and you need to work full-time as well as offer foster care, it may be that you consider fostering an older age group, such as teenagers, as they can be a lot more independent.

If you foster very young children, it is usually not considered appropriate for a fostered child to be in full-time daycare while their foster carer is in work.

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