Can I foster and work full time?
Looking after a vulnerable child can be very challenging which is why working full time whilst also being a foster carer isn’t always an option. Foster care is increasingly seen, and is financially rewarded, as a professional occupation and therefore requires the commitment expected of any other profession. Additionally, having to attend meetings (sometimes at short notice), support groups and training in addition to being available to transport children to and from school, can be a strain on other work commitments.
That said, some of our foster carers do still work part or even very occasionally full time. Couples who foster tend to have an easier time managing fostering alongside another role because the responsibility of care can be shared, although there are many factors that affect the decision of a carer to continue or cease working. The choice may depends on the flexibility of your other work or the support network that you have around you as well as the needs of the child in placement with you.
Obviously each individual and each child is unique, consequently sometimes the best way of answering questions such as "Can I be a foster carer and still work full time?" is to pick up the phone and give us a ring on 01267 232228. Our staff are always at hand to assist you to make the right decision regarding fostering. You can also chat to us online using the chat box below or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.