Who can foster?

You can be a foster carer!

You can be married or single, gay or lesbian, young or old.

There are some basic requirements, for example are you aged 21 yrs or older, physically and mentally fit, have a positive approach to looking after vulnerable young people, have a spare room available.

Do I have to be a parent?

No – Experience of parenting or caring for children is desirable but not essential. Foster Carers are ordinary people of all ages, from all walks of life and ethnic backgrounds. Ideally, foster carers should have some life experience to draw on to help support and nurture the child they are looking after; empathy and understanding are key characteristics in foster carers.

Can only couples foster?

No – Foster carers can be married or living together, single, divorced, widowed, in a single sex relationship, be working or unemployed, own a home or rent, have birth children or not.

If you are on Benefits, you will not lose them?

No –  Any money that you get for looking after the children is a fostering allowance that is paid to you to be spent on the child. It is not classed as a ‘wage’ so your benefits are safe.

If you have a spare bedroom and time in your life to dedicate to a child; please consider helping children, and apply to become a foster carer today.

Get fostering right first time.

We help you by finding the best fostering agencies with vacancies for foster carers. Our social workers match your details with the agencies who might best meet your situation, saving you time and reducing the risk of making the wrong choices.

Our no obligation free service helps you to get the best start towards applying to become a foster carer. Foster children – Complete our Fostering Enquiry Form

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