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Frequently asked questions about fostering

Myths and questions

Contact us today and we will explain the process and answer any questions you may have. We can also send you a detailed information pack. For more details about the fostering process reading our fostering information page.

Yes, you will receive fees for looking after each child in your care. The fee amount depends on your skills, level of experience and the amount of training you have received. You’ll also receive a weekly allowance for each child in your care.

Yes. You'll receive comprehensive training and 24/7 support from professional social workers. You’ll also be invited to social events and to join local support groups where you can share experiences with other foster carers.

Read our fostering myth buster and types of fostering pages to find out if fostering is for you.

All sorts of people can foster.  As long as you are at least 21 with some life experience, have a spare room and the time, energy and love to look after a child, you can foster. Read our fostering myth buster to find out more.

There are a number of different fostering options that involve children of different ages and with different needs. They range from emergency care, weekend care, to supporting a young person until they’re ready to be independent. Read about the different types of fostering.

Yes. Particularly if your working hours are flexible and/or you have additional support at home. You may need to be available during some school hours and holidays, and you’ll have to attend some training courses and meetings.

We accept applications from people who live anywhere up to 20 miles away from Wokingham.

Yes. You can be a carer whether you are single, married, divorced or living with a partner.

Yes. Providing you are fit and healthy for the task, you can.

Yes. We welcome applications from single people and couples who don’t have children, as well as those who do.
Yes. As long as there is a spare room for the foster child, it doesn't matter if you rent or own your home.

Yes. We offer our foster carers generous financial allowances. The financial package consists of 2 parts:

  • Carer's fee, (which increases, the more training you do), plus
  • Child allowance, also paid to the carer to cover all the expenses in caring for the child
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Contact us

0118 974 6204
fostering@wokingham.gov.uk