Frequently Asked Questions

If you are thinking of becoming a foster carer you may have many questions therefore we have put together the answers to some of the most common questions potential foster carers ask us about.

If you can’t find the answer you are looking for or you prefer to talk to us, please give us a call on 0208 263 6260 and our team will be happy to help.

Fostering is a way of providing a stable family life for children and young people who are unable to live with their parents or other relatives. Fostering is challenging but also rewarding at the same time. It takes time, patience and commitment to foster.

Fostering differs from adoption. The main difference is that with adoption you become a child’s legal parent permanently, whilst fostering is usually temporary, until a child returns to their family.

Children come into care for a whole range of reasons, including a family members illness, drug or alcohol misuse, domestic violence between parents or financial deprivation. Some children may have been abused or neglected. Foster care gives families a chance to sort out their problems by providing the child or children with a home and supporting the family for as long as they need.

Shining Stars is an Independent Fostering Agency (IFA). We work closely with local authorities (LAs) to find suitable foster placements for looked after children they are unable to place with their own approved foster carers.

This is usual because the LA is facing a shortage of foster carers or the child has certain needs and requires a specialist placement.

It would be helpful, but it is not essential. Our foster carers come from all backgrounds and not everyone has experience of working in childcare.

We will work with you to help you and offer you the training and support you need to prepare for your fostering journey.

As a general rule, service providers like foster carers to be over 21 years old. There is no upper age as long as you have the energy to get involved in the more active bit of fostering, such as the school run or taking part in outdoor activities, you can foster. We have foster carer who are continuing well into their 70s.

As a general rule, service providers like foster carers to be over 21 years old. There is no upper age as long as you have the energy to get involved in the more active bit of fostering, such as the school run or taking part in outdoor activities, you can foster. We have foster carer who are continuing well into their 70s.

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