Can I foster without a spare room?

In England, the National Minimum Standards for Fostering Services 2011 states that each foster child over the age of three should have their own bedroom.

You are required to have a spare bedroom, to ensure the child you foster has the privacy and space they require.

The exception to this is babies who can usually share a foster carer’s bedroom up to a certain age (usually around 12-18 months), however, babies rarely come through the fostering system and when they do, the are fostered under a “fostering to adopt” scheme.

Little Acorns does not operate such a scheme and as such it is a requirement of our agency to have a spare bedroom before commencing your assessment to become a foster parent.