What is fostering?

Fostering is a rewarding and recognised profession. It means looking after a child or young person in your home who is not able to live with their birth family.

Every child in our care is as unique as you are, and all have different needs. They come from all sorts of backgrounds and different family situations so each needs a different type of care.

Some will only need to stay with foster carers for a few days while their family accesses support, whereas others will need to remain on a longer-term basis. In Devon we need foster carers for children of different ages, from birth upwards.

“Our foster carers have a significant professional role to play as part of the team who help the children in our care feel secure and supported.”
- Sally Fitton, Fostering Devon Operations Manager

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Each type of fostering requires people with different skills, abilities and experiences, so who you are really does matter. We always strive to place children with carers who best suit their individual needs, and our team of staff will discuss this with you in detail. We help you to decide what type of fostering may be best for you, your family and your lifestyle.