Could you foster?
If you feel you could provide a loving and caring environment for a child, fostering could be for you.
You can foster if you:
- Have a spare bedroom
- Are single, married or cohabiting
- Are straight or LGBT+
- Have experience of looking after children
- Have a strong partnership or family and friends network
- Are from any cultural background
- Are over 21 (there isn’t an upper age limit)
- Are living in stable accommodation
- Are in good health (if you’re disabled you can still foster if you can do the caring tasks)
- Have a good understanding of English
- Can use email and the internet (or be prepared to do some basic training)
- Are willing to attend ongoing fostering training
- Have permanent residence (homeowner or renting)
At Achieving for Children, the most important thing about being a foster carer is the kind of person you are, and we look for qualities like:
- Accepting of children from other cultural backgrounds
- Being non-judgmental about a child’s birth parents and why a child is in care
- Understanding it may take time for a child to respond
- Coping with an angry or distressed child
- Accepting that your house may become messy!
- A sense of humour
- Accepting that a foster child is not your own and will eventually move on
To minimise the sense of disruption, we also try to match children with foster carers who share their cultural background.
All foster carers go through health and criminal records checks. You won’t be able to foster if you have any convictions against children or for violent offences. If you’ve been convicted for other offences, you might still be able to foster, but you’ll need to let us know so we can check your situation.