Just as children’s situations and experiences are diverse, foster carers need a variety of skills and qualities. They need to come from a range of backgrounds.
There are however, some common criteria you need to meet.
Be at least 25 years old. (Although 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.
Other factors we will consider:
Your health – are you fit and able to foster now and for the foreseeable future?
Your financial security – can you provide a child or young person with a secure base?
Your home – is it suitable and safe for a child or young person?
Your friends and family – are there people who can support you to foster?
Your past – for example, whether you have lived abroad and have any previous convictions.
(You cannot be a foster carer if you have offences against children or violence-related offences.)
As a foster carer:
You may be married, single, divorced or in a partnership. We encourage applications from heterosexual couples, those in same-sex couples, bisexual or transgender.
You may have your own children or be childless.
You may own your own home or rent.
You and/or your partner may be employed or unemployed.
You may have a disability – this will not prevent you from becoming a foster carer as long as you can meet the needs of the child.
You may be any race and culture – to reflect the race and culture of the children we look after.
You may or may not be religious.
Telephone: 01642 526218