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Adoption FAQs

I am a single person – can I adopt?

Yes, we have had many single people become adopters with Aberdeen City Council and we can put you in touch with them to help you understand the particular strengths and pressures involved

I am LGBT– can I adopt?

Yes, Aberdeen City Council’s priority is to find families who can meet the needs of children and supports same sex adoption. We are looking for carer/s to best meet the needs of children and that this can be achieved by carers from various backgrounds and. Every prospective adopters will have factors unique to them which will be taken into account during the assessment and matching.

I am unemployed – can I adopt?

As part of your assessment we would want to ensure that you have the financial means to care for a child, as long as you are able to evidence this then your employment status is the not the most important issue. We will work closely with you to make sure that you will be able to meet the added financial pressure.

I smoke – can I still adopt?

You can still be an adoptive parent and be a smoker, however we will not place any child under the age of 5 years old, or any child or young person that has respiratory difficulties. Your health and home will be explored as part of your assessment to ensure that you are able to provide a healthy home environment to any child placed with you.

I already have children, what impact will this have?

We work with lots of people who already have children. If your child still lives at home we will fully involve them in the assessment process to make sure that adoption is right for them as well. If your child lives away from home we would still want to make contact with them as well. We would like there to be at least an 18 month – 2 year age gap between your children and an adopted child.

I don’t own my own home – can I adopt?

We must make sure that you are in suitable accommodation to care for a child. You do not need to own your own home but you do need to be in accommodation were you can offer stability and security. This will be explored with you in the early stages of the process.

Can I adopt from abroad?

We have lots of children within the local area and Scotland who are looking for adoptive parents and we would encourage you to explore this option first. However, we can also support you to look at Inter-Country Adoption and information is also available on the Scottish Government website. Initial advice is also available at www.scotgov.co.uk

What financial support is available?

Prospective adopters are expected to have the financial resources to meet the practical needs of caring for a child into adulthood. However, dependent on the individual child and prospective adopter’s circumstances, some prospective adopters might be entitled to an adoption allowance or pre-adoption allowance, as well as financial assistance during the introductions and transition phase and in regard to reasonable legal costs.

I have a criminal record – can I adopt?

As part of the adoption process we will undertake a police check. Not all criminal convictions will stop you from adopting, but people with a history of sexual offences and/or cruelty to children will not be considered.

Fostering FAQs

I live on my own - can I still foster?

Yes, we have many carers, male and female who are single.  We will want to make sure that you have a good support network as fostering can be challenging but this is the same for everyone who applies.

I’m in my 50’s – is that too old?

Not at all – We have foster carer in the 50’s and 60’s

Do I need a big house?

No, it doesn’t matter if you live in a flat or house, if you rent or own your home.  We would ask that children have their own room, however at the start of the process we will visit your home to make sure it is appropriate

Can I still work?

We have many foster carers that still work so this is not necessarily a problem.  However you will need to consider how you will manage both the commitments of work and fostering.  We can help you with this and also link you in with other foster carers who work.

Can I have pets?

Having pets is not a barrier to becoming a foster carer and can often provide children/young people positive experiences.  This will need to be considered when we are matching you with children and young people, and a health and safety check will be completed to ensure that there is no risk to children/young people.

I smoke – will this rule me out of being a foster carer

You can still be a foster carer and be a smoker, however we will not place any child under the age of 5 years old, or any child or young person that has respiratory difficulties. Your health and home will be explored as part of your assessment to ensure that you are able to provide a healthy home environment to any child placed with you.

Do I need to be able to drive?

We do have carers that do not drive, however there may be school, a variety of meetings and contact with family members to attend which can prove difficult. Please do not see this as an obstacle however as we can discuss this with you and again link you in with other foster carers in similar circumstances.

Am I employed by Aberdeen City Council?

No, you will be considered as self-employed and will need to register yourself as such.  You will also be required to register to pay National Insurance contributions

I have children – how could this affect them?

Many of our foster carers have children. It is important that you talk to them about fostering from the beginning and we have staff who work specifically with Sons and Daughters of foster carers. It is essential they understand what is involved and decide if it is right for them.  Sons and Daughters support will be available while the family continue to foster.

What checks are carried out?

We will carry out:

  • PVG Checks on potential foster carers and Disclosure Checks on anyone else in the household over the age of 16 years
  • Medicals – carried out by your own GP
  • Local Authority Checks in addresses you have lived since the age of 16 years old
  • Three personal reference checks
  • Health Visitor/school checks for your own children
  • Ex-partner check if children were involved
  • Employment checks if involved with children or vulnerable adults
  • Health and Safety check of home
  • Pet questionnaire.
  • Any other appropriate checks where applicable

Can same-sex couples become foster carers?

Yes – we do not base our decisions on sexual orientation.

What help will I get?

We will provide you with:

  • A Supervising Social Worker
  • A buddy/mentoring scheme for the first year
  • Training
  • Annual Review
  • Regular Supervision
  • Support for Sons & Daughters
  • We ask that you become member of “The Fostering Network”
  • A competitive payment for skills scheme
  • Out of Hours Social Work support

Supported Lodging FAQs

I live on my own – can I still be a Supported Lodgings Carer?

Yes, this will not preclude you from being a carer

I’m in my 50’s – is that too old?

Not at all – We have Supported Lodging carers of all ages.

Do I need a big house?

No, it doesn’t matter if you live in a flat or house, if you rent or own your home. All young people must have their own bedroom,  however at the start of the process we will visit your home to make sure it is appropriate. We would ask that the young person has access to the communal area of the house and also their own front door key.

Can I still work?

Yes, being a Supported Lodgings Carer does not rule you out of carrying on with full or part time employment.

Can I have pets?

Having pets is not a barrier to becoming a Supported Lodgings  carer and can often provide young people positive experiences.  This will need to be considered when we are matching you with young people, and a health and safety check will be completed to ensure that there is no risk to them.

Do I need to be able to drive?

No you do not need to be able to drive.

Am I employed by Aberdeen City Council?

No, you will be considered as self-employed and will need to register yourself as such. You will also be required to register to pay National Insurance contributions

What checks are carried out?

  • PVG Checks on potential foster carers and Disclosure Checks on anyone else in the household over the age of 16 years
  • Medicals – carried out by your own GP
  • Local Authority Checks in addresses you have lived since the age of 16 years old
  • Three personal reference checks
  • Health Visitor/school checks for your own children
  • Ex-partner check if children were involved
  • Employment checks if involved with children or vulnerable adults
  • Health and Safety check of home
  • Pet questionnaire.
  • Any other appropriate checks where applicable

Can same-sex couples become Supported Lodgings Carers?

Yes – we do not base our decisions on sexual orientation.

Do I need any other training?

You will be asked to undertake:

  • First aid
  • Child Protection
  • Safer Caring
  • Adult Protection

However, we are able to offer a wide range of training opportunities and we would want you to become confident in trauma informed practice, the impact of trauma, loss and attachment and an understanding of how best to support young people navigate the changes they are going through.

Training needs will be reviewed on a regular basis with your allocated worker who will help you identify appropriate training opportunities to promote your knowledge and professional development.

 

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