Big questions

Adopters, foster carers and social workers answer the big questions on our mind.

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Could I Foster for Adoption?

19th June 2015
When a child is taken into the care of the local authority, a plan must be made for their future. Social workers must assess in detail all of the realistic options for the child, including returning t...

‘I can’t foster because…’ – some myths busted

15th June 2015
To mark Foster Care Fortnight 2015 the Department for Education developed this handy mythbuster, to tackle nine of the greatest misconceptions around people's eligibility to foster. Click on the image...

What benefits am I entitled to if I adopt?

15th June 2015
There have been some recent developments in the support that’s open to adopters, separate to that provided in the tailored package you agree with your local authority at the time of adoption. Don’...

What benefits am I entitled to if I foster?

15th June 2015
Being self-employed - Foster carers are seen by HMRC as self-employed, so you’ll need to register as such. Newly approved foster carers need to register as self-employed as soon as possible – if y...

Are there different types of fostering?

9th June 2015
Yes, there's a number of different types of foster care. This is because different children need different types of fostering at different times in their lives. This also suits many foster carers too,...

What do the adoption and fostering processes involve? How are they different?

8th June 2015
Adoption in England The adoption process is divided into three stages once an interested potential adopter has completed an initial registration-of-interest form with an agency. This is usually don...

Should I adopt or foster?

25th March 2015
For many people, growing their family feels like a natural step to take and the same is true of LGBT people. Parenting can enrich your life and open you up to totally different experiences that people...

What’s the best thing about being a parent?

16th March 2015
LGBT people make fabulous adopters and foster carers. Here our members say what's the best thing about being a parent...

“So, how many children do you want to adopt?”

14th January 2015
You won’t be far into the assessment process before your social worker (to say nothing of your friends and family) ask you this question. It is something you’ve probably already asked yourself, a...

Do you have a big question?

23rd September 2012
To kick off this new section, tell us the questions you want answered! New article here...