Fostering Services

Can I Foster If...?

Can I foster if I'm single?


It doesn’t matter whether you’re in a relationship, a single parent or single – you can still foster with us and be sure that you’re never on your own with By the Bridge with Cambian. You will receive full training and support, a weekly allowance, have a great support network and you’ll be part of a strong fostering network.


As long as you have a good support network of friends or family around you who will be on hand to support you and care for the child in your absence then you’ll be good to go!


Can I foster if I don't have a spare room?


You won't be able to foster a child with us unless you have a spare bedroom that you can offer. It's important for a foster child, who may have experienced traumatic situations and are having to adapt, to have their own personal space in a new house and environment which they can make their own. The bedroom will have to be at least 8ft by 7ft in size and at least be able to fit a bed and wardrobe.


On some occasions it is possible for siblings of the same sex to share a bedroom but this will ultimately be up to the local authority and only up to a certain age.


Can I foster if I smoke?


You can become a foster parent if you smoke however we ask that you lead by example and are a positive role model for a child or young person. Unfortunately, you wouldn’t be allowed to foster a child under the age of five or those with certain disabilities if you smoke as the health needs of any fostered child needs to come first.


Our smoking policy means that it is essential your homes are smoke-free and no one smokes in the home. You should be a role model for children and young people and try to not smoke around them, especially not in the car whilst a child is present which is illegal and forbidden within our policy.


We would encourage you to stop smoking for your own health and to minimise the effects of passive smoking on a young person.


Can I foster if I have a criminal conviction?


Having a criminal record doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t be allowed to foster but we ask that you are open and honest with us during your application and declare all the details to us. A thorough DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check will be carried out on you and anyone else in your household over the age of 17 years during your application anyway which would show any convictions.


We considered everyone on an individual basis but your application will not move forward if you have convictions for any serious offences of those against children.


Can I foster if I am renting my home?


It doesn’t matter if you rent your home or own it, as long as you have sought written permission from your landlord before you begin the assessment process then there should be no problem with you fostering. All we ask is that you have a spare room which is on the same floor or above your own bedroom.


Can I foster if I am gay?


Foster parents can be of any sexual orientation and we consider gay couples or individuals, just as we would anyone else. All we ask is that you have the experience and stability in life to be able care for and support a child or young person. By the Bridge with Cambian does not discriminate, so there is no reason why someone from the LGBT community cannot foster.


Can I foster if I don't drive?


The needs of the child are of upmost importance so although it is not imperative that you drive, you will need to be able to show that you can safely get a child to school, contact and meetings. You will need to live within good public transport links if you don't drive or have access to a car and be able to demonstrate that you are able to meet the needs of a particular child.


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Fostering Office Locations

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The By the Bridge with Cambian fostering offices are countryside locations, carefully chosen and decorated with bright colours, pictures and plants so that everyone experiences a sense of care, value and ‘a homely’ feel when they come to work or visit.

We aim to create an environment where people feel valued and can grow, develop and achieve their goals.

Foster Parent Suitability Questionnaire

Some basics to become a foster parent

Here are a few questions to help you discover whether fostering is right for you and what we need from our foster parents.

1. I have a spare bedroom for a foster child

2. I will be available to care for a child full time

3. I am over 25 years old

4. I have a stable, positive home to offer a child

5. I am a patient, resilient and understanding person

Foster Parent Suitability Questionnaire

Becoming a professional foster parent

We regard fostering as a profession. Therefore we'll treat you as a professional - we'll provide great pay, support and training. In return we expect our foster parents to provide a high standard of care for our children. 

I want a professional career in fostering and am happy to undertake ongoing training

Foster Parent Suitability Questionnaire

The challenges of fostering

Fostering is life changing and rewarding work. It can also be challenging at times but our foster parents tell stories of the great satisfaction they gain with our expert support. 

I understand that some children in fostering may have challenging behaviour due to the experiences they may have had

Foster Parent Suitability Questionnaire

Working as part of a team

As a foster parent we require you to work as part of the By the Bridge team but also with social workers, teachers and health workers to help support the child.

I am able to talk and listen to young people, aswell as working part of a team to help support them