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About the children I could foster

Can I choose which age group or gender I would prefer to foster?

Yes, you can – though it’s worth bearing in mind that if you’re flexible and willing to take children of all ages, you’re more likely to have continuous placements.

Fostering Devon is currently recruiting foster carers for children aged 0 – 18 years, including sibling groups and those with disabilities.

Can I choose how long I want a child or young person to stay with me?

During the assessment process, your supervising social worker will help you to decide which types of fostering placement suit you best. It isn’t always possible to know how long a child may stay with you but we’ll keep you informed.

Will children I foster stay in contact with their ‘birth’ families?

Most fostered children will stay in contact with their ‘birth’ families. This could be through visits or in writing. Your social worker will talk to you about this.

Are there any guides to support our Children in Care?

We have two guides for Children in Care, one written for younger children and a second for teenagers.

You can download a copy of the guides for your Children here:

Guide for 7 – 11 year olds
Guide for 11 – 16 year olds

We have tried to answer some of the questions children and young people may have when they come into care. Watch our short animated films covering subjects such as moving into foster care, where you will live and education.

For information, advice and to have your say visit the Stand Up, Speak Up website.