Can I adopt or foster if I have pets?

Pets do not usually present a problem when adopting or fostering, unless they are known to be dangerous

This includes certain breeds of dogs, which are known to have injured or killed a child. If you own a dog or other pet considered to be dangerous, agencies will need to know how you would control it, and how you would keep a child safe.

For many children, pets are a source of support, helping to build their trust and confidence. However, some children are fearful of animals or may have allergies or sensitivities to some types of pet hair. In these instances, placing a child in a household with some animals may not be suitable.

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Last updated: 30 March 10

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