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I’d like to consider fostering a child. How do I know if I am eligible?

Foster parents in the UK come from all walks of life, all ethnicities, sexual preferences and marital statuses. The one thing that they all have in common is that they offer a child who may otherwise be forced to live in residential care a stable and loving home.

When considering your eligibility as a foster parent, authorities will look for the following:
  •  People who genuinely like being around children and young people.
  • Those who have the time and energy to provide the love, care and nurturing that a foster child will demand (elderly people and those who work long hours, for instance, may not be a good candidate.)
  • Good communication skills, which will help them to work with the authorities and the child’s family, as well as building a relationship with the child.
  • Patience, flexibility and a non judgemental attitude.

Your criminal record – whether you’ve been tried or convicted for a sexual or violent offence.
Your work and other commitments.
Your financial and social situation.

Each individual health authority will have different assessment criteria that you will need to meet in order to be considered as a foster family. In general, however, your ability to provide a safe, loving family environment, and deal with potential problems related to abuse and other negative influences on the child, will be considered.

Fostering a child is not always easy – particularly when they have come from an abusive or broken home, however, it can be a rewarding experience for you and your family.
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More questions

International adoption is growing in popularity - however, not all countries comply with UK adoption laws.
The Philippines is not a country specified on the UK adoption designated list. British citizens adopting in the Philippines need to apply for an adoption order in a UK court if they return to the UK in order for that adoption to be recognised in the UK. 
Some couples are not ready to give up trying to have a natural birth child and will want to continue IVF treatment during the adoption process.
While the criteria for fostering are not as strenuous as those for adoption, there are still certain requirements you need to fulfil in order to be considered.
Foster care provides for the temporary or permanent care of children who for one reason or another, cannot live with their own family.
Adoption is a major decision, and one that no one should take lightly, or try to force anyone into.
It’s impossible to say which is better – domestic or international adoption or fostering a child. Which is better for you depends on your unique situation.
Whether you are attempting to adopt a child who is related to you, or your step child, or a child who is orphaned or abandoned, there is a very specific legal procedure that has to be followed.