can i foster if i am disabled

Can I foster if I
have a disability?

We welcome applications from everyone, including those with a disability or health condition. We'll simply need to speak to you more about your disability and how you manage it, so we can understand whether you'll be able to fulfil the role.

Having a disability or health condition isn't necessarily a barrier to becoming a foster parent. We treat every application on its own individual merits, so you have every chance of being approved. We'll just need to consider whether you'll be able to meet the demands of caring for children and young people in foster care, such as the school-run, play, and taking them to clubs and appointments.

Another key consideration for us is that the physical demands of being a foster parent won’t compromise your own health and wellbeing. It’s important that we both get this right.

During the fostering assessment process, we’ll discuss all of this together in some detail so the whole process is open and transparent from the start. And as with all our foster parents, we’ll ask you to have a medical assessment with your own GP.

Through everything, the important thing to know is that we’re an inclusive fostering agency and will do everything we can to support your application.

Why do children and young people need short-term foster care

Fostering and disability benefits

As a foster parent, you’ll receive a generous fostering allowance that’s generally completely tax-free. Our financial package is designed to cover the cost of caring for a child while providing you with a professional fee to reward you for your hard work and dedication.

We also offer other benefits, such as allowances for birthdays and religious festivals, as well as two weeks paid respite. Plus you'll have access to our rewards platform where you can find hundreds of discounts to some of your favourite shops, restaurants and family experiences.

These payments and rewards shouldn’t affect your Disability Living Allowance and other benefits in any way.

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