Can I foster?

Our foster carer population is diverse and our carers come from all walks of life. All of our foster carers have something different to give to the role from their own life experiences and skills.

Children runningThe children and young people in our care need a stable and secure home environment and positive role models to guide and support them through a difficult time.

We want people to foster with us who believe they can make a difference and give a child or young person the life chances they deserve. It is a challenging but hugely rewarding role and we will support you every step of the way.

Fostering requirements

There are some common criteria that we require. You must:

  • have a spare bedroom with appropriate space for child or young person to live in
  • be a full-time resident in the UK or have appropriate leave to remain
  • be able to give the time to care for a child or young person
  • have no criminal convictions against children

Common myths!

People often rule themselves out of fostering, buying into misconceptions about who can and who cannot foster:

You can be single and foster

  • You will need to demonstrate a network of support

You don't have to own your own home

  • You will need to demonstrate stability

Your religion will not be a barrier or will not prevent you from fostering

  • You will need to demonstrate how you can support a child of a different religion from yours or how you would support a child who may be questioning their own faith

You don't need any formal qualifications

  • You will be able to access our training offer and be supported to achieve the Training and Development Standards in England within your first year

You can work and foster

  • Depending on the type of fostering you want to do and the needs of the children you will be caring for.

There is also no upper age limit to foster

  • Some people foster well into their 70s. What matters is that you are fit and able to care for any child you are approved to foster. Being a foster carer is not easy, but can make a huge difference to the lives of the children who need it.

Your sexual orientation or gender identity will not be a barrier or prevent you from fostering

  • We have many different kinds of fostering families including same sex couples.

Health conditions and/or disabilities may not be a barrier

  • This will be discussed with you from the beginning and will be subject to a health assessment