No, but it’s often helpful if the main carer in a fostering household is available at all times. We cannot ask that you give up work to foster but it may limit the children you can look after.
Many children are not in school when they first come into care. There are a number of meetings you will be expected to attend with Social Workers, health services etc., as well as regular training sessions which are usually held during office hours. It may be difficult to manage these if you work full time as well.
We pay our carers a comprehensive allowance when they have a child placed with them. This covers the cost of looking after a child and reflects that you may choose to foster rather than carry out another job. This allowance should not normally affect other benefits you may receive. For the most part, foster carers pay little or no tax on their allowance.