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Frequently asked questions

Below are some of our most frequently asked questions:

  • How do I become a foster carer?

    The first step is getting in touch with us. We’ll have a chat and start the process with you. Give us a call on 07549 224 818 or email [email address] to speak to one of our friendly and helpful team members today.

  • Can I foster if I already have children?
    Yes, you can still foster if you already have children. Whether your children live at home or have grown up and left the family home. You're able to foster a child or young person with Aspris, providing all those in the household pass our checks within the application process.
  • How old do I have to be to foster children?

    Foster carers with Aspris must be at least 21 years old. There’s no upper age limit with Aspris Fostering Services – as long as the criteria is met and a health check is passed, you can foster children and young people with us.

  • What age are the children and young people in foster care?

    Children and young people can be in foster care from birth up to 18 years old. We carefully match carers with children and young people based on their needs and requirements, and as a foster carer you can specify the age range you are best suited to supporting.

  • Can fostering lead to adoption?

    It is rare that fostering leads to adoption. However, fostering placement lengths vary and some children and young people remain with their foster carers for many years, even after they are 18 years old.

  • How long does the application process take?
    There are several essential steps involved in the process of becoming a foster carer. Once you’ve made an enquiry and met with us, the assessment process takes around six months, with the final step being a fostering panel who decide if you’re approved. Overall, the process often takes up to six months and we will support you every step of the way.
  • Why do children and young people go in to foster care?

    There are a number of reasons why children and young people are in foster care. This could be because their parents or family aren’t able to take care of them, they may be an unaccompanied asylum-seeking child or young person, or they might be a parent and child seeking a safe home.  

  • How long do foster placements last?

    The length of a foster placement depends on multiple factors. We offer several different placement types, ranging from one day to many years. Some foster carers create a wonderful family relationship and remain as a family unit indefinitely. 

  • Do foster carers get paid?

    Yes, foster carers with Aspris receive competitive rates of pay and a wide range of other benefits. This includes paid holidays for children and young people, respite cover and lots of activities for the family covered by us.

  • Can I foster with Aspris if I already foster with another agency?

    Yes, we can help you transfer to Aspris Fostering Services. Learn more about the transfer process here.