FAQ: Fostering unaccompanied minors

Please note: this information is subject to change, and will be regularly updated.

Does Home for Good have children ready to place?

No. Home for Good is not a fostering agency, our approach is to work together with Local Authorities. Home for Good seeks to raise awareness of the need for more foster carers, and specifically at this point the need for people to foster unaccompanied minors. We are currently in conversations with Local Authorities throughout the UK to establish how they would like us to connect people who have expressed an interest with them. 

For more on Home for Good and what we do, visit the About Us section of our website.

Do you still need more people to register an interest?

Yes. We don’t know how many unaccompanied minors will need fostering in the coming months and years so we believe that having as many prepared foster carers as possible is best. There is also a need in the UK for foster carers generally, so we always welcome people who are keen to explore fostering.

Will you just be sending children to those who have registered interest?

No, we do not hold children so we will not be a part of the placement process. All those who register interest will have to be assessed and trained as foster carers by their Local Authority.

What does Home for Good do with the data I am providing when I register interest?

This data is stored internally according to our Privacy Policy. We will not share this information with Local Authorities or any other organisation without your specific consent.

I have registered my interest. What can I expect?

Home for Good will aim to contact you within 24 hours of registering interest, initially by email, to thank you for your interest and offer you any additional information we have, and your information will be added to our database. If you haven’t heard from us within that timeframe, do check you spam folders in case the email has been filtered there. If not, we would recommend filling in the online form again, double checking that your email address is correct.

Home for Good is working with local authorities across the UK to understand the need and processes in each area. We will share with you the information about your area as soon as we can.

What is the process of becoming a foster carer for unaccompanied minors?

Once we have connected you with the appropriate Local Authority you will need to complete their application, assessment and training process for becoming a foster carer. This will include appropriate house, medical and police checks and you will require personal references. We expect that there may be an additional element to the training and assessment process for the fostering of unaccompanied minors, however this will be decided by the Local Authority.

For more information on the process of becoming a foster carer, visit the fostering section of our website.

What is the timescale for becoming a foster carer for unaccompanied minors?

This can vary slightly between Local Authorities but will generally take about four to six months. We understand this may be frustrating as you are no doubt keen to care for an asylum-seeking child or children, but social workers will need to ensure that you can provide the appropriate level of support and stability that these extremely vulnerable children will need. Remember that this is a significant commitment and requires a long-term, committed response, so the timescale of the assessment process will also give you and your family the chance to prepare yourselves fully.

I am not a Christian or from the Church community, can I still register interest?

Yes, we have people approaching us from a range of different faith and cultural backgrounds and we welcome all enquiries. 

Is there financial support for fostering unaccompanied minors?

Yes, foster carers are given an allowance for each child placed for as long as they are in your care. Information on this can be found on the Government’s website here

What processes are in place for unaccompanied minors to go to school in the UK?

We are aware that unaccompanied minors will need to access the education system, especially if they are staying beyond an emergency placement. Any unaccompanied child has a right to access education. Local Authorities will look to provide appropriate education for the every unaccompanied minor in their care.

Can a Christian foster a Muslim child?

Yes, foster carers are expected to provide care to children of all faiths and none. This is an opportunity for you to show generous hospitality and seek to accommodate the needs of others as we welcome them into our homes – including enabling them to practice their faith. As a foster carer you would need to demonstrate to your social worker that you would be able to appropriately meet the needs of a child from a different faith background from your own. It is never appropriate to force the Christian faith onto anyone and especially not a foster child in your care.

I am from a Local Authority, what should I do?

If you’re interested in working with us to engage the people interested in your area, please contact mark.walley@homeforgood.org.uk.

I am already a foster carer, what should I do?

If you are interested in fostering unaccompanied minors you should get in touch with your social worker and tell them. 

I have heard that I can welcome a refugee family into my home (including adults and children), can you help with that?

No, Home for Good is specifically looking to help facilitate fostering unaccompanied minors. If you are interesting in welcoming whole familes then For Refugees might be able to help. 

What can my church or I do to support Home for Good in this work?

Home for Good is always appreciative for any support you can offer as we seek to find homes for every child who needs one, and especially now as we facilitate this particular area of our work. If you feel able to give to us financially or your church is able to take up a special offering for Home for Good we would be very grateful, please visit the give section of our website. Further, if you are interested in becoming more involved in Home for Good, your church could join hundreds of other churches around the UK to celebrate Adoption Sunday on 1 November. You could also consider signing up as a Champion or a Home for Good Church. Thank you. 

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