Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to become approved as a foster carer?
The fostering application process can take up to 6 months but this largely depends on your readiness to move through the stages and attend the training sessions. One thing we can say is we will support you every step of the way. For a detailed breakdown on how to become a foster carer, please click here.
Do I need a qualification?
No, you do not need any qualifications to become a foster carer with us. We will provide all the training during the application process and throughout your journey with us as a foster carer. It would be helpful if you had some experience of working with children or looking after children.
What support is available?
We will support you from the start of your application process and will continue to do so once you are fully approved. We offer a 24 hours a day 7 days a week support service where one of our staff will always be available should you need us. We help our foster carers with financial support by paying a very generous fostering payment to cover all costs associated with fostering a child. And finally, we want you to develop with us so we have regular training courses and the opportunity to progress your career in Social Care.
Do I need to own my home?
No, however as a foster carer you will need a stable place to live. So during the assessment process we like to make sure that if you have a mortgage you can keep up payments, if you are in rented accommodation you can afford to pay your rent and if you are in council housing you have a secure tenancy agreement.
Do I need a spare bedroom?
Yes, the foster child will need their own bedroom.
What age will the foster children be?
Children in foster care can range from birth up to 18 years. The age of the child placed with you will depend on the needs in your region. We will speak to you during your assessment process about what age ranges you can expect. We ask our foster carers to be open and willing to foster different types of placements, this will help us in making sure you have regular placements.
What age do I have to be to foster?
Anyone over the age of 21 is eligible to become a foster carer. There is no upper age limit and there are many foster carers that are retired with their own children and grandchildren.
How long do foster placements last?
The length of fostering placements will vary depending on the type of placement and we will discuss this with you when we have a placement for you. Placement length can be as little as a couple of days to long term (up to the age of 18).
I’m already a foster carer, how do I transfer to Olive Branch?
All agencies and local councils provide different levels of support so it is important for you to foster with an agency that provides the right service for you. It’s quite simple to transfer agencies and it is entirely your choice. If you are thinking about transferring from your current fostering agency/local council then speak to us and we will guide you through the process. Call us today to have an informal chat about your needs on 0170 655 8910.
How much do foster carers get paid?
What if I have a full time job?
At Olive Branch we think foster caring is a full time career. However, we understand that there are many jobs that can fit around being a foster parent so speak to us and we will be happy to talk to you around your specific situation.
What if I have been turned down by my local council or another agency?
Then speak to us, we’re always on the lookout for passionate and caring people to become foster carers, we will discuss your individual case to become a foster carer.