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What Would Disqualify Me from Being a Foster Carer?

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Explore the factors that could disqualify someone from becoming a foster carer, including criminal background, living conditions, health issues, personal circumstances, and financial stability. Learn about eligibility requirements and how Greater London Fostering can help guide you through the application process.
Richard Norwood

Richard Norwood

Rich is the CEO of positive aspirations group, and has spent 20 years building the aspirations of care experienced chidden.

Making the decision to become a foster carer is a brave and compassionate choice that requires self-reflection and an in-depth understanding of foster care requirements. While it may be a rewarding journey for many, some factors might disqualify an individual from becoming a foster carer. In this article, we will explore these disqualifications to help you understand whether fostering is the right choice for you.

Criminal Background

Having a criminal record does not necessarily disqualify you from fostering, but certain convictions will. Anyone with a record of offences against children, or serious sexual offences, is legally barred from fostering. Additionally, potential foster carers will be subject to a thorough background check during the application process to ensure the safety of the child.

Lack of Space or Resources in Your Home

A crucial aspect of fostering is providing a safe and nurturing environment for the child. This means you must have enough space in your home to accommodate the child comfortably. While you don't need to own your own home, you must have access to a spare bedroom for the child. A lack of resources or an unsuitable living environment can disqualify you from fostering.

Health Conditions

Certain health conditions can impact the fostering process. It’s essential for foster carers to be physically and mentally able to care for a child. You will be required to undergo a medical examination as part of the application process. This is not to discriminate against individuals with health conditions, but to ensure that the foster carer can provide a stable and nurturing environment for the child.

Personal Circumstances

Fostering requires a significant time commitment, and you must be prepared to dedicate sufficient time and attention to the child in your care. If your work schedule, personal circumstances, or other responsibilities prevent you from providing adequate care and support, this may disqualify you from fostering. However, if you can demonstrate that you have the necessary resources in place to balance these responsibilities while caring for the child, you may still be considered.

Financial Stability

Although you will receive foster care money as an allowance to cover the child's expenses, it's crucial that you are financially stable before embarking on the fostering journey. Financial insecurity may impact your ability to provide a supportive and stable environment for the child, which could result in disqualification.


While the above factors may disqualify someone from fostering, many people still find themselves eligible and well-suited for the task. The best way to determine your eligibility and suitability for fostering is by reaching out to a reputable fostering agency like Greater London Fostering. Our team of experts will assess your personal circumstances and guide you through the process. If you're interested in fostering or have questions about your eligibility, contact us or arrange a call back to discuss your situation.

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