There is no such thing as a ‘typical’ foster carer. We need a wide range of different types of people from different backgrounds and with different racial and cultural heritages. Many people worry that their gender, age, income, sexuality, marital status or accommodation may preclude them from becoming a foster carer, but this is not the case.
As part of the assessment process, the Criminal Records Bureau will check that you have not committed an offence which will exclude you from fostering. You will also be required to consent to a health check, to rule out any severe health problems. If you have any concerns about these, we strongly recommend that you discuss it with your visiting social worker rather than assume it is a problem. They will be able to discuss the issues knowledgably and confidentially. Very often we will be able to put your mind at rest, and continue with your application.
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