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Fit to Foster medical

What is a fit to foster medical?

A fit to foster medical is a regulatory requirement for everyone who wants to apply to become a foster carer. The medical is completed by your GP who fills out a form that is part of your fostering assessment. The medical is paid for by Fitzgerald Fostering.

Once completed the medical form is forwarded to Fitzgerald Fostering’s own medical advisor who can use the information to confirm you are ‘fit to foster’.

The check-up cover areas such as

  • Your health background, and whether you have any long- or short-term health issues.
  • Whether you are prescribed any current medication and its implications.
  • Your lifestyle – such as your drinking habits and whether you smoke or not.
  • Your general family medical history.

Alongside all other relevant information. The aim of the medical is to ensure you are fit to foster and you have no health needs that could limit your ability to meet the needs of children who could be placed with you as a foster carer.

The outcome of the fit to foster medical is part of the fostering assessment that is presented to Foster Panel when seeking approval for you to become a foster carer.

What would stop me fostering after my fit to foster medical?

An applicant is only likely to be unable to foster on medical grounds if they have a condition that would prevent them from being able to care for a child or young person placed with them.

All applications are considered on a case-by-case basis. However, it should be noted if you are a smoker, or someone in your household is, then it will not be possible to place a child under the age of 5 years old with you. Careful consideration would also be required before any decision to place a child with any form of respiratory conditions with you could be made.

If you have questions or would like a further discussion about fostering please feel free to give us a call on 01753 550031 or Contact us

AuthorFitzgerald Fostering

DateDecember 16, 2022

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