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Who Can Become a Foster Carer?


Enthusiasm, patience and commitment – that’s what you need to be a foster carer.

When it comes to fostering, it’s your personal qualities that count. We celebrate diversity and welcome carers from all backgrounds. As long as you can offer a stable, nurturing family home to a child in need, then you could be a brilliant foster carer.

What do I need to become a foster carer?

Firstly, you don’t need qualifications or experience in childcare. Although it helps, it’s not essential. In fact, many people choose fostering after raising a family, looking for a career change or being made redundant.

When you become a foster carer, your sexual orientation, income or marital status isn’t an issue. What’s more important is that you’re passionate about changing a child’s life and eager to make a difference.

However, there are a few things you’ll need to foster with us:

  1. You need to be over the age of 25
  2. You need a spare bedroom
  3. You need a full driving licence
  4. You’ll need to be available to commit to fostering on a full time basis (however there are exceptions to this; so please speak to us to find out more)
  5. If you’re fostering as a couple, you’ll need to have been together for at least five years

Fostering with us

We’re here to make becoming a foster carer as easy as possible and will provide you with all the advice and guidance you need to help you start your journey.

And our brilliant support is just the start of what we offer – when you join us, you’ll also receive competitive fees and allowances, alongside an excellent training programme.

If you have any questions about fostering, simply click here and get in touch.