I want to foster
Who needs fostering?
Any child who cannot be cared for by their own family.
We need foster carers for children of all ages. There are babies and toddlers. There are children with special needs. There are brothers and sisters who need to stay together. There are teenagers and young mothers who need a little extra support before they make their own way in life.
Many will have experienced domestic crises, perhaps violence, abuse, illness, neglect, drink or drug addiction. Most will be feeling bewildered and upset about moving in with strangers.
It’s a foster carer’s responsibility to bring stability and continuity to these children’s lives while the difficulties are being sorted out. This often includes working closely with children’s parents. The secret is simply to offer what every child and young person wants and needs – family life, friends, love and respect.
Can I foster?
Potentially, anyone over the age of 21 can foster providing they are able to give a child a secure and caring home.
You don’t need to be rich. You don’t need to be working. You don’t need to have children of your own. You can be married, single or in a same sex relationship.
There are, obviously, certain criteria – for example, you will need to have a spare room and be able to offer consistent care for children under five, but all of this will be explored with you during your initial questionnaire.
If you want to know more, please feel free to contact us.
Are there different types of fostering?
There are various different types of fostering to suit both the needs of the child and the carer. Details can be found on the types of fostering page.
How do I apply?
You can either call us on our freephone line on 0800 783 8798 or you can complete one of our online application forms.
One of our team will either send you a pack or complete a questionnaire with you, depending on your preference.