Can I become a foster carer?
Yes, you can!
It takes a special person to be a foster carer. But not a special set of qualifications, experience or skills. All we ask is that you:
- Have a spare room (it could be in your house, flat or rented/housing association accommodation)
- Are 21 or over (there’s no upper age limit)
- Are a full time resident in the UK (or have leave to remain)
- Have the time to care for a child or young person (often on a full-time basis, so if you work, your hours need to be flexible)
- Have some previous experience of looking after children
- Have a strong support network of family and friends
- Are in good physical and mental health (if you have a disability, you can still foster as long as it doesn’t prevent you from carrying out the caring tasks)
- Have a good understanding of the English language, with the ability to read and write
- Are able to use the internet and email (or are prepared to do basic IT skills training)
- Are willing to attend ongoing fostering training (everyone receives training and support to help them develop the skills to meet the needs of children in care)
- Complete the enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check and full medical assessment
Get in touch
Interested in fostering? Get in touch with us.