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Can I work and foster?

Yes, it is possible to work and be a foster parent in the UK. In fact, many foster parents in the UK have full or part-time jobs while also providing foster care for children.

Fostering agencies in the UK recognise that many people who are interested in fostering may also have work commitments, and they have developed policies and practices to support working foster parents. 

However, it is important to note that fostering is a full-time responsibility and requires a significant amount of time, energy, and commitment. Foster parents must be available to attend meetings, appointments, and training sessions related to the child’s care, as well as provide ongoing emotional support and care for the child.

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Fostering while working full-time

Fostering children while working full-time can be a rewarding experience, but it requires a significant amount of time, energy, and commitment. It is important to carefully evaluate your work schedule and support network before considering fostering while working full-time.

It is important for foster carers to have a support network in place that can help them care for the child while they are at work. This may include family members, friends, or other foster carers who can provide respite care or other forms of support.

Fostering while working part-time

Fostering while working part-time can be a more manageable option for those who are interested in fostering but have work commitments. Part-time work can allow foster carers to have more flexibility in their schedule and be able to attend to the child’s needs.

Part-time work can also provide a valuable source of income to support the foster child. However, it is important to ensure that the foster carer’s schedule allows for adequate time to attend meetings, appointments, and training sessions related to the child’s care, as well as provide ongoing emotional support and care for the child.

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent in the UK and have work commitments, contact our team to discuss your options and to determine if fostering is a good fit for your lifestyle and schedule.

Areas We Cover

Match Foster Care covers all over the West Midlands, including, BirminghamWorcestershireStaffordshireDudleySandwellHerefordshireTelfordWolverhamptonShropshire

WalsallWarwickshireStokeSolihullCoventry and Gloucestershire.

We have two offices: one in Droitwich and one in Stoke but our staff are located across the whole region to provide local support when you most need it.  

Match Foster Care

Droitwich Office

Severn House, 30 – 32 Ombersley Street West, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire,
WR9 8QZ

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Stoke-on-Trent Office

3-5 Vale Street, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire,
ST4 7LR