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Become a foster carer

Foster carers provide a stable family life for children and young people who are unable to live with their parents at a particular point in their lives.

To become a foster carer, you need to:

  • be 25 or over (in some circumstances we will consider people between 21 and 25 years old)
  • have a separate spare bedroom suitable for a child or young person (unless you are fostering babies who can be accommodated in a cot in a main bedroom)
  • be a full-time resident in the UK or have leave to remain
  • have the time and commitment to give to a child or young person, often on a full-time basis

How to apply

If you are interested in becoming a foster carer, request a fostering information pack.

Request a fostering information pack

You can also contact us by telephone on 01642 526218 or email for further information.

What happens next?

To find out about the next steps after you make your enquiry including the assessment, read our step-by-step guide to becoming a foster carer.


Events and information sessions

We hold a range of virtual and in-person information sessions throughout the year to help you learn more about fostering and becoming a foster carer. 

It's an opportunity to ask any questions and to meet our friendly team who will talk in more detail about:  

  • what being a foster carer means
  • what makes a good foster carer
  • myth busters
  • the journey to become a foster carer
  • what to expect during the fostering assessment
  • the support you will receive

Attending an information session is the first step in what could be a very exciting and rewarding decision. We hope you can join us on one of the following dates:  

  • Thursday 14th September 2023 - Online (log-on with a smartphone) from 1pm to 2pm

Book your place at an information session