Do I Need A Spare Room To Foster A Child?
Although there are actually very few boundaries that exist in foster care recruitment, one of the most common questions our team get asked is whether or not you need a spare bedroom to foster a child.
The simple answer is, yes! In order to become a foster parent you’ll need to be able to offer a child or young person a spare bedroom, in addition to your love, warmth and willingness to improve their current situation.
At Perpetual Fostering, having your own children share a bedroom with a foster child is not permitted, even if they’re of the same age and gender. Furthermore, we don’t allow you to move your children into your bedroom, or have someone sleep in the living room, for example, just so that you can ‘free up’ a bedroom for a foster child to stay in.
Well, in order to apply to become a foster carer you only need a couple of things. These include having a spare bedroom, being over 21 years old, having a solid understanding of the English language and being financially stable.
If you think you can tick off all of these then your circumstances may indicate that you’re eligible for a hugely rewarding and worthwhile opportunity as a foster parent, so why hesitate in picking up the phone and speaking to one of our experienced social workers.
Even if you feel that your circumstances don’t quite fit our foster care requirements, but you still feel that you have something to offer, we’d love to hear from you. Our team are only too happy to provide you with all the latest information on becoming a foster carer and the types of foster placement that may be available to you.
The reasons why you need a spare room to foster a child
The requirement of a spare bedroom for every child in foster care is an issue that has been examined in the Fostering Services National Minimum Standards document, but why is it such an important to factor to the eligibility of each foster care application?
First and foremost, every child and young person requires their own space, regardless of whether they’ve been brought up in foster care or not, to which a bedroom is a valuable tool in helping to keep foster children feel calm and relaxed. A bedroom is a space which foster children can call their own, so they have the opportunity to explore, play and be creative, without any unnecessary distractions.
More importantly, a bedroom provides foster children with a level of security, privacy and safety that cannot be found in any other area of the home. During the early stages of a foster placement, the child or young person may need some time to adjust and adapt to their new surroundings.
A bedroom will also allow foster children to become accustomed to their new routines. With some children being brought up in rather ‘chaotic’ households, this may have impacted on their perception of boundaries or ‘house rules’. Therefore, providing a bedroom to a foster child acts as this physical boundary, but also ensures the rest of the family are able to adapt to the fostering relationship, ultimately providing little disruption to everyday lives.
With all this in mind, we’re only too happy to offer details on how to prepare your home and spare bedroom for the arrival of a foster child. So, if you think you have what is takes to become a foster carer, why not go ahead and begin your fostering journey with us today.