Can you foster with mental health problems

Can you foster with a mental health condition?

1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health condition at least once in their lives, ranging from mild anxiety and depression through to bipolar disorders. Some are treated with counselling and therapy, others with medication. None are necessarily an obstacle to becoming a foster parent with Orange Grove.

In fact, we have a number of foster carers who have experienced a mental health condition, who are making an amazing difference to young people's lives. And we've found them to be an excellent support to those children in our care with their own mental health challenges.

Our primary consideration is that you’re able to provide a safe, secure and loving home for the children in your care and that the work of foster care – with all its stresses and challenges – won’t be detrimental to your own health and wellbeing. We need to be sure you’re able to carry out the role and responsibilities of a foster parent when you foster children.

We’ll talk about all of this during the assessment process. The things we take into consideration before making a decision include the nature and severity of your mental health condition, and how long you’ve lived with it, as well as any current treatments and medication.

As with all our foster parents, we’ll ask you to have a medical assessment with your own GP and our decision will be based entirely on your individual circumstances. Provided we’re sure your mental health won’t affect your own health or ability to care for a child, it won't prevent you from fostering and you have every chance of being approved during the application process.

Can I foster if I am on antidepressant

Can I foster if I'm on antidepressants?

Absolutely, being on antidepressants won't automatically stop you from fostering with Orange Grove.

As part of our assessment, we'll simply check that your mental health has reached a level of emotional stability so that you can provide a secure and predictable home to a vulnerable child.

If you've only just started using antidepressants, we may ask that you take a little bit of time to focus on your own mental health before applying, but we'll discuss this with you on an individual basis. 

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