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  • Can I Foster A Child If I Have Pets?

Can I foster a child if I have pets?

Like any family, many foster families also have pets. Pets can provide a very therapeutic environment for children and young people. However, all pets within the home will also be assessed in terms of the risk that they may present.


In regards to dogs, Local Authorities will not allow a foster child or young person to be placed with a household that has:

  • any breed of dog which is highlighted within the Dangerous Dogs Act
  • any household with more than three dogs



What our Foster Parents say

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"We've been with By the Bridge for 5 years. They really listen to foster parents and treat us like professionals. They are friendly, supportive...many of its staff have experience in fostering one way or another, and so really understand the parents' needs"

Foster Parents