Who can become a foster carer?

Anyone over the age of 25, and with a spare room, is eligible to apply. You can be single or in a couple, have children or not, and we welcome all ethnic backgrounds and LGBT couples or single people. You can own your home or rent (in which case you may need permission from the owner of the property).

Why do I need a spare room if my children are happy to share?

Due to the background and experiences of many foster children, they need a place where they can feel safe. Having their own room is essential to creating that safe space.

Am I allowed pets?

Most pets are not a hindrance to the fostering process, although some animals and breeds of dog might be considered dangerous. To check if your pet is on the list of prohibited breeds, please contact us.

What qualifications do you need to be a foster carer?

Foster Carers come equipped with plenty of lived experience - training is a fundamental part of the fostering process that can help identify any gaps in your existing knowledge.

Is there an age limit for fostering?

There is no upper age limit to becoming a Foster Carer in Scotland. As part of your fostering assessment you will have a medical to ensure you are prepared for the demands of childcare - but so long as you are fit and healthy, you’re never too old to foster.

Can you choose what age of child/young person to foster?

Yes, we have lots of discussions with you throughout the course of your Assessment to determine the best fit with you. Each age group has its challenges - and foster children may have additional support needs. As children get older they may need support in making pivotal life decisions. Due to recent changes in fostering laws a young person can now stay with their carer up to the age of 21.

What type of support will I receive?

We provide training for all approved Foster Carers as well as out-of-office hours support; regular, local Foster Care Support Groups; a “buddy” scheme for new Foster Carers and additional support from other child care professionals when required.

What does a foster carer get paid?

An agency foster carer who is looking after a child receives a fostering  fee and an allowance to cover the costs of caring for a child. This may vary depending on the child’s age and needs. More information on fostering allowances can be found here.

Do I need to give up work?

In many situations, at least one Foster Carer needs to be available at all times to meet the needs of a foster child. This could include attending meetings or transporting the child to appointments.

How long will the assessment process take?

The assessment process typically takes twenty weeks from allocation to your panel date and if you wish to withdraw at any time, you are entitled to do so.

How many children can I foster?

Regulations state that Foster Carers can foster up to three unrelated children, with the exception being emergency placements and sibling groups. The number and age range of children you may be able to foster will be discussed during assessment and approval.

Which checks will be carried out during the assessment process?

  • Disclosure Scotland ( for convictions and offences)
  • Local Authority Social Work Department
  • A full medical report
  • Employment checks
  • Education checks (if you have children)
  • Three independent references, including one from a family member

What disqualifies you from fostering?

The assessment process also involves a criminal record check by Disclosure Scotland. By law certain restrictions may prohibit you from fostering - further information can be found here.

Why are the regulations so strict when there are so many children who need a loving home?

The welfare of children and young people is a priority. Many children coming into foster care have experience of unstable and violent backgrounds, and we have to ensure that we find them the safest possible home, where they can have positive experiences.

Who makes the final decision, and what if I disagree?

The Care Visions Fostering Scotland Agency Decision Maker has the final say on approval of Foster Carers, after considering the recommendation of the independent Fostering Panel. You will receive a copy of the report, and reasons for the decision, and if you disagree or want to appeal, your Social Worker will inform you of the procedure.

I am currently a foster carer, can I also foster with Care Visions?

Foster carers can only be registered with one agency or local council at once, so it wouldn't be possible to register with more than one agency at the same time. However, if you have previously been a foster carer with another agency, local council, or you care currently registered and looking to transfer, please check out this page for more information on how we can support you. Your timeline would be slightly different than those who are new to the fostering journey and we can advise further on this on enquiry.


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We live by our values and our actions demonstrate our commitment to them. We nurture potential and challenge appropriately.


We value others and will act in a way that communicates this. We recognise our differences and celebrate them. We listen to and care for each other.


We aim to protect people from harm. We recognise the impact trauma has and that sustained therapeutic relationships can have a positive impact. Our work is trauma-informed and based on attachment theory.

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