Can I Foster?
There is no such thing as a stereotypical foster carer.
Our carer community is diverse and we welcome new people to our fostering network regardless of their marital status, gender, race or sexual orientation.
Foster Care Requirements
There are actually very few factors restricting those who want to be a foster parent. Apart from some extreme circumstances, such as severe physical or mental illness, anyone who wants to foster can do so.
We welcome enquiries and applications from anyone who is interested in fostering a child. Single, married or living with a partner – you just need to have been living together for more than a year.
- You must be 21 years+
- You must have a spare room
- You must be able to provide a stable home
You do not have to give up work to foster. Some people do choose to pursue foster caring as a professional career choice but, as long as you have some flexibility in your worklife, you carry on in employment.
Download our Free Fostering Pay Guide
Discover what you can get paid for Fostering and what benefits you can claim through the process. Simply complete the following form and you'll be able to download the guide immediately.
“Can I Foster Children?” – Yes, you can help young people like many others do…
We firmly believe that everyone has the ability to make a positive contribution to the lives of children and young people in foster care. When assessing the qualities of foster carers against foster care requirements, we don’t base our decision on the level of experience, we instead look for attributes such as enthusiasm, patience and resilience.
Most importantly, when considering who can foster, we look for foster carers who are able to provide a stable and secure environment.
If you think you might be that person but still have a few doubts, why not send us a quick message and start a conversation. Just ask us anything, we’ll be here to support you every step of the way.
“If the thought of fostering appeals, then go for it. It’s one of the most rewarding things you could do.”
~Sam, foster carer