Below are some frequenly asked questions about foster care. If your question is not answered below please send it to us. 

It is possible to work if your hours are flexible to meet the needs of any children in your care. We do not generally advocate the use of breakfast clubs or after school clubs, however we recognise that the needs of children differ and welcome foster carers who can meet the needs of our children. 

Foster carers need to be as flexible as possible but given that all children's needs differ we will consider working arrangements on a case by case basis. 

For the first time Foster carers are to receive the 30 hours free childcare offer for younger children in their care for from September 2018.The 15 extra hours will not be appropriate for all fostered children, but some foster carers, for example, those offering long-term fostering, will need or want to combine fostering with work outside of the home, and this change will enable them to be able to do so; https://www.gov.uk/government/news/free-childcare-to-be-extended-to-foster-carers-for-the-first-time


At the present time we have do have a need in house baby carers. Baby carers must have enough space in their bedroom for a cot.

The biggest need we have however is for people who would care for children aged three and older, especially those who would consider caring for:

  • School aged children and older
  • Sibling groups
  • Children with disabilities
  • Teenagers

As long as you are reasonably healthy and can meet the demands of looking after a child then age is not a barrier. As part of your assessment we will pay for you to have a medical check.

The three main considerations are;

  1. We will always place a child with a Waltham Forest carer before going to a private fostering agency. This means that our carers are likely to have higher occupancy levels with shorter gaps between placements compared with other foster carers.
  2. We are on your door step and can provide outstanding support and training (Ofsted commended)
  3. Our offer - Waltham Forest foster carers receive a great package including up to £467 per week, up to 60 per cent off Council Tax and 24/7 support

This does not matter. As long as your house or flat is in your name and you have a spare room for the child or young person.

As a foster carer you will have to register with the HMRC as self-employed and pay National Insurance contributions.

There is a fixed tax exemption of up to £10,000 per year (less if for a shorter period) which is shared equally among any foster carers in the same household. This means you don’t have to pay tax on the first £10,000 income you make from fostering.

On top of the £10,000 exemption, you also get tax relief for every week (or part week) that a child is in your care. This means you don’t have to pay tax on some of your earnings over £10,000.

As a foster carer you may be entitled to working tax credits.

Please call 020 8496 3437 to discuss this further or visit tax for foster carers

This does not automatically mean you cannot become a foster carer. If you have a conviction you must declare it and discuss it during your first appointment with the Social Worker.

No you will need to have the space in your home for a child.

Yes you can, many of our carers have pets.