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 is based in Belfast and Enniskillen. We recruit a diverse mix of carers from across Northern Ireland.
Have questions about fostering?
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 foster care for all types of young people
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.
Parent and child
Usually lasting three months, this type of fostering involves looking after young parents who have their own children.
Children with disabilities
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.
Emergency and short-term placements
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.
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.
Request your local information pack
Ready to take the first step?Request your fostering pack