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Can Health Problems Affect a Foster Carer Application?

Posted on 22nd March 2018 by

When considering becoming a foster carer, there are many questions that will run through your head prior to starting the application process. In particular, if you have long-term health problems or have had a serious illness in the past you may wonder if you will be eligible to foster.

Health concerns are taken into account when it comes to foster applications. However, the most important factor tends to be whether you are physically and psychologically fit enough to cope with the demands of caring for a foster child. This can also vary wildly, depending on the age of the children you approved to foster.

There are two main health factors to consider when it comes to whether or not you can foster:

Mental Health

In England, at least 1 in 4 people will suffer a mental health issue in one year. This can include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and many more. More and more mental health issues are being recognised by society as serious conditions and accepted as a result. Which leads to the question: can you foster if you are diagnosed with a mental health issue?

A number of factors affect this decision in the long run: medications you are taking to manage the condition, how long you have had the condition, the severity and how you are dealing with it overall. None of which means you will necessarily be denied to be a foster carer outright. It all depends on your personal circumstances.

Overall, if you can provide a stable and loving home then you will be considered to be a foster carer.

Physical Health

An adult health check is a standard part of becoming a foster carer, which will be performed by your doctor. This is just something that is done to determine the current state of your overall health. The main concern is whether or not you are fit enough to meet the needs of children in your care.

Usually, only extreme physical ailments will have any effect on your application. Long-term problems such as asthma and diabetes, which are totally manageable, will have no bearing on your ability as a foster carer.

At the end of the day, your mental and physical health does not compromise your ability to be a good carer and so does not necessarily mean you will be rejected. Your application will only be discounted on these grounds in extreme cases. Where it would not be healthy for you or any potential child to be placed in your home.


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