We’re looking for warm, caring people who want to make a difference to a child’s life in Northern Ireland

We need foster carers who can provide a home for children and young people aged 0-18 years for varying periods of time – from just one month to a lifetime.

Areas we cover

Our friendly fostering team recruit and support a diverse mix of carers from across Northern Ireland.

Types of fostering

This is when a child needs to stay with a foster family for several years, or until they are ready and able to live independently.

Planned break carers provide much-needed cover during holidays and weekends. This gives full-time carers the chance to recharge their batteries and enables children to have new experiences. It’s also great for people considering fostering to get hands-on experience before committing fully.

Usually lasting three months, this type of fostering involves looking after young parents who have their own children.

Some of the children we look after have a disability. Foster carers supporting disabled young people are given specialist training to best meet their needs.

Sometimes children need a safe, secure home at short notice. Emergency care can be for short periods of time, until a permanent home is found.

Download our Statement of Purpose

We will talk to you about the type of fostering available, taking your preferences and skills into account. As a charity, our priority is getting it right for children and young people.

Who we're looking for

Foster carers come from all walks of life. To foster, you will need to be at least 21. You will also need a spare room for a child. You’ll have to be good with children and have time to give.

Support and training

  • 24-hour support, with a dedicated supervising social worker and a foster carer helpline.
  • Extensive training all year around.
  • Regular support groups.
  • Fees and allowances that allow you to focus on fostering, and a range of benefits and discounts for foster carers.