Common fostering questions

Separate the truth from the most common myths about fostering with our clear answers to your concerns.

Do I have to have training before I can look after a child and what ongoing training is available?

Yes. You must attend 3 days of preparation training before you can be approved to foster a child.

If you are making a joint application with a partner both of you need to attend the training.

You will be provided with ongoing training once approved. You will also be given the opportunity to work towards a Diploma in Caring for Children and Young People.

Will I be paid?

Yes, you will be given a professional fostering fee and an allowance for your foster child's care, when a child is in placement. 

Do I need to have a spare room?

Ideally, we are looking for people who have a spare room to accommodate children who are 3 to 18 years old.

However, if you are considering becoming a baby carer, you do not need a spare room but will need a large enough bedroom to fit a cot and the baby’s belongings.

Do I need to have children of my own?

No, but we will look at your previous experience of looking after children.

We will assess your parenting skills as part of the application process. We expect you to have some experience in caring for children and a good understanding of the energy and commitment you need to look after a child or young person.

If you do have children, they will play an important role in making your foster child feel at home.

Do I have to live in Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea or Westminster?

No, you don’t have to live in one of our boroughs but you do need to live within the Greater London area and have good transport links to the area.

Most of the children you will be fostering will be at school in one of the 3 boroughs, and you will have to attend regular meetings and training at our office.

I am interested in fostering, how do I find out more?