fostering with a disability

Fostering with a disability

Can I foster if I have a disability?

It's absolutely possible to foster a child if you have a disability - with the right support in place and careful matching, we believe that people with disabilities can have long and successful fostering careers.

Of course, there may be times where your disability may limit the type of fostering you can do - for example, we may feel that you're better suited to fostering teenagers, who are generally less dependent. Sadly, there may also be occasions where the nature of your disability will stop you from fostering if we don't believe you'd be able to meet the needs of a child.

As part of the fostering assessment, we'll need to understand the nature of your disability and how it may affect your ability to care for children. And we'll also need to look at how the role may affect your own health. However, we always advise people with disabilities to not automatically rule themselves out of the role, as we always work hard to try to support all individuals with the right qualities.

We’re an inclusive organisation and do everything we can to help all our potential foster parents throughout the application process. We want you to succeed so you can rely on our support at all times. This could mean just taking time out to talk things through, or it could mean adaptations or other initiatives.

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If you're interested in fostering, then we'd encourage you to have a chat with our team - we're here to support you.

fostering with a disability

Application process

To make sure we both make the right decision, we’ll go into all of the requirements of fostering at some depth during the application and assessment process. We’ll also ask you to have a medical assessment with your own GP; something we do with every application.

When we have all the facts, we’ll make our decision in everyone’s best interests. Every application is considered entirely on its own merits, so if you meet all the requirements, there’s nothing to stop you from becoming a successful foster parent.

Application process

will fostering affect my disability living allowance

Will fostering affect your disability benefits?

When you become a foster parent, you’ll receive a weekly allowance, plus other benefits. However, this shouldn’t affect any other benefits you’re entitled to, including the Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

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