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It’s who you are that matters

We know often potential foster carers worry about whether or not they are the sort of people we are looking for, but there really is no such thing as the ‘ideal’ or ‘perfect’ foster carer. However, a spare room is essential.

People like you foster

Every child in our care is as unique as you are, and all have different needs, each type of fostering requires people with different skills, abilities and experiences – who you are really does matter.

Age, weight, disability, ethnicity or sexual orientation will not prevent you from becoming a foster carer. It doesn’t matter whether you’re unemployed, work full or part-time, and having a pet does not rule you out either. We are interested in what you have to offer a child who needs fostering, rather than your marital status, income level or whether you own your home. You don’t have to follow any religion and people from all ethnic origins are needed. Disabled people are not excluded and often experience of disability will be positively welcomed.

What we need are flexible, open, honest people who are able to consider a range of children and who can understand the difficulties these children have experienced.  Foster carers need to appreciate that our children come from a wide range of backgrounds, all have different family situations, experiences, culture, heritage and religions, so will all need different types of care. The important thing is that you can provide these children with loving, safe and stable homes for as long as they need.

Am I eligible to foster?

  • You need a spare room
  • You should be at least 21 years old
  • You (or if you are a couple, at least one of you) should live in this country, or have lived here for at least one year at the time of applying to become a foster carer
  • You, your partner or any adult who lives with you should have no convictions or cautions relating to offences against children, or other serious offences

Is fostering right for me?

What matters most is your ability to provide a caring and stable home which will meet the needs of a child.

The greater the diversity of people and families wanting to foster, the better our chances are of finding a family to suit each child’s needs.

Fostering gives you choices too. For example you can foster for a day, overnight, weekend, weeks, months or years. We don’t expect everyone to have had their own children, but it is helpful if you have some experience or regular contact with children.

“The small steps are the big steps for these children, and knowing that you’ve been a tiny part of making that happen, makes me smile.” Kim, foster carer.