Who can Foster?

Children drawing with their foster carer
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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.

You must:

  • 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.)

  • Your experience with children and young people – through family, work or volunteering.

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.


Contact us for a Fostering Information pack

Telephone: 01642 526218

Email: [email protected]

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