Other things to think about before applying to become a foster carer

Fostering is a Family Thing

Fostering is something the whole family does including your partner and children.

If you already have children living with you we'll carefully match the foster child with them to ensure the needs of all the children can be met.

An age gap of at least one year is advised between a foster child and any other child in your family. Ideally your youngest child should be at least one year old. 

Ages of foster children to suit your family will be considered as part of the assessment

Other things to consider before fostering a child


  • if your partner does not live with you, the relationship will still be taken  in to consideration during the assessment as they are likely to play an integral part in the child’s life


  • if you've split from your partner we suggest you wait at least one year after separating before applying to adopt
  • if you've parented with an ex-partner, we'll want to interview your ex-partner (where appropriate). We may also want to interview adult children from that relationship. If you've concerns about this, talk to us


  • live within 30 miles of Birmingham city centre
  • provide a no smoking home: all smoking must take place outside of the home, and smokers will not be allowed to adopt children under five years old or those with medical conditions. This will include electronic cigarettes.
  • have a spare bedroom in your home, with sufficient space for a bed (or cot) and a storage unit for the child’s belongings
  • have a home (rented or privately owned). We will need to seek your landlords consent that you can use the property for fostering purposes.


  • be sufficiently fit and healthy to meet the child’s needs for activity and exercise,
  • During the assessment you'll be asked to go and see your GP for a medical assessment


  • have child care experience of either working with and / or caring for children such as your own child(ren) or relatives children.
  • We will need you to support transporting a child either using public transport or your own vehicle to and from school, medical appointments, meetings and contact with their birth family (where appropriate).