Who can foster?
People with a spare room and space in their hearts to change a child’s life. People like youGet your information pack
There's no such thing as a typical foster carer. Our carers come from all walks of life
To become a foster carer, you will need to:
- Be over 21, or 25 if you’re in Scotland or Wales
- Have a spare room
- Be good with children
- Have time to give
Unsure about your circumstances?
What makes a good carer
As a foster carer, you will:
- Enjoy the company of children and young people
- Be willing to learn
- Have the energy, patience and resilience to stick with a child
- Develop trust with a child by listening and talking to them
- Be consistent and confident in your decisions
- Work as part of a team with families, social workers, teachers and health workers
- Bring enthusiasm and a sense of fun
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I am not a parent
That's okay. Our foster carers need experience with children or young people, but you don't have to have been a parent!
Your experience could be:
- Looking after children in your family
- Working with children and young people.
We'll always make sure you have the training and the support you need to look after the children in your care.
I don't own my home
It doesn't matter whether you own or rent your house, you can foster either way. But if you rent, you'll need to ask your landlord for permission.
I can't afford to give up work
We provide a weekly allowance, so you can focus your time and skills on the children and young people in your care. We also help cover expenses while you have a foster child with you.
38% of our foster carers have returned to work since they started. As long as you're there for the young person when they need you, there is some flexibility.
I already have children at home
Lots of our foster carers have children living at home, all at different ages.
During the assessment, we look at how a fostered child could fit into your home. We also look at how you would meet the needs of your own children and the fostered child.
If your own children are very small, we may ask for you to wait a little, but please do get in touch to chat it through with us!
I am LGBT
We welcome everyone, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. We want our foster carers to reflect diverse families.
If you are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, apply!
Request your information pack or call us on 0845 200 5162
Ready to take the first step?Request your fostering pack