Achieving for Children

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.

AfC Fostering