If you've considered fostering but don’t think you’re eligible because of your age, gender, marital status etc, it's time to think again. Whether you’re old or young, married or single, male or female, gay or straight, renting or a homeowner - you can foster.
Maggie feels that the knowledge and skills she has picked up over the years as a mother and grandmother are invaluable in helping a child’s development. She continues: “Age shouldn't be a barrier, and it isn't a barrier. I truly believe people my age are ideal foster parents.” Read Maggie’s story
Nearly a fifth (16%) of people believe that if you're a man you can’t foster. Both women and men make great foster carers, and almost half of ours are male. If you have energy, resilience and understanding, you can help to transform a child's life.
Steve, 52, has been working with one of our fostering projects in South Wales for three years. His son’s girlfriend and her four brothers had all been fostered by us and, after hearing her story, Steve knew this was his calling and contacted us immediately. Read Steve's story
It’s totally untrue that people renting properties aren't considered for looking after foster children. As long as you pay your rent on time and you can provide a stable home and family, you stand a very good chance of becoming a foster carer.
Shelley, foster carer
Although having your own children is a great way to gain experience and knowledge, you don't have to be a parent to foster. All we ask is that you've cared for children or young people through family contact, volunteering or your job. If you do have your own children living at home, we'll carefully match those you foster to the needs of your family and circumstances.
We don't mind whether you’re married or not. Almost 30% of our foster carers are single, but they can also be married, in a civil partnership or living with a partner.
We need all types of carers to reflect the types of children and young people who need a place to stay when they can't live with their birth families. We welcome applications from people who can bring different skills, knowledge and life experiences to the fostering role, whatever their ethnicity.