Could You Foster? Frequently Asked Questions

If I work can I still foster a child?
Chrysalis Care generally prefers the main carer to be not working, however we do consider the merits of individual cases. The task of fostering does demand a great deal of time and commitment from carers and so any work arrangements would need to be very flexible and allow you to meet all the needs of the child.

I am single can I still become a foster carer?
Chrysalis Care welcomes single carers. Whilst you will benefit from the support of family and friends as a foster carer, some children will enjoy the focused attention a single carer can provide.

Do I need a spare room to foster children?
Yes, fostered children do need their own room, though sometimes siblings can share a room together.

If I have a have a criminal record does that mean that I can never become a foster carer?
There are some criminal offences that would stop you from fostering but these are mainly relating to sexual or physical abuse. Many small offences will not stop you from being considered as a foster carer.  For more information, click here.

I don't own my own home, can I become a foster carer?
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Are foster carers employed and if so how much do they earn?
Foster carers are not employed by the fostering agency. Chrysalis Care foster carers receive a fostering allowance that is broken down into two parts, the allowance for the care of the child and the reward element paid to the carer. Chrysalis Care foster carers receive between £385 and £425 per child per week.

Do I pay tax on my earnings?

As of the 6th of April 2003, the new threshold consists of two elements. Firstly, a fixed amount will be £10,000 per year. Secondly, an additional amount of £200 per week per child under 11 years old, and £250 per week per child aged 11 or over will also be exempt from tax. This therefore means that if a carer has one child for the whole of the year they can receive £20,400 from the fostering agency before they pay tax. If they have two children under 11 years of age, they will be able to receive an income of £30,800 per year and then they will have their personal allowance deducted in addition and.  This means that they will effectively be able to receive over £35,000 before they pay tax.

For more information, please click here.

Do I get any choice about which children come to stay with me?
Chrysalis Care believes that it is essential to try to match the needs of the children with the skills and abilities of the carers. When we get a referral, if we feel that you might be suitable, we will discuss all the information we have about the child with you. If for any reason you do not feel that a particular child would be right then we will not place the child with you.

How long will it take to become a foster carer?
The average time from making your application to becoming an approved foster carer is about six months..

What support do foster carers get?
Chrysalis Care prides itself on the support it gives to foster carers, who we see as part of our team. Foster carers with the right attitude, who are well trained and well supported make placements work.

Please click here for more details about how Chrysalis Care support you to get a fuller picture of exactly what we provide.

Click here to download our Application Form.

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