- Can I smoke and foster?
You can smoke and foster but to safeguard a child’s health, we won't place a child under the age of 5 within a household where somebody smokes. If you decide to give up smoking you must have given up for a period of at least 6 months prior to applying to becoming a foster carer. If you smoke e-cigarettes Staffordshire County Council will not see this as a reason to preclude you as a potential foster carer, purely on this basis. Your use of e-cigarettes will be assessed in the initial visit, as well as during the full prospective fostering assessment.