Thinking About Fostering
Who Can Foster?
People foster for all sorts of reasons and at different stages of life. Some have experience of bringing up their own children, others have worked with disadvantaged children and young people before, and others foster because they want to make a difference and help children in need.
All foster carers are everyday Awesome! They are just ordinary people with room in their home and their heart! You don’t need to have experience as we provide all the training and support you need.
- Anyone with a spare room.
- Anyone with experience in caring for individuals. This can include your birth children, siblings, parents and more.
- You must have an understanding of child development.
- You must have UK residency.
- You must have empathy and patience when working with children / young people.
You can foster whether you’re 25 or 78, as long as you have a capable and are committed to make a difference to children and young people. This will be discussed as part of the assessment process.
It doesn’t matter whether you’ve had children or not or whether or not you have worked with children or young people before. Having these experiences could be really helpful, but we offer all the training and support you need to be the best foster carer you can be.
Having a criminal record does not necessarily prevent you from becoming a foster carer it depends on what your convictions relate to and how recently they have taken place. Each case is individually looked at when you apply.
When you become a foster carer the children you look after will be your first priority. You have to be available for the children physically and emotionally. We advise carers to inform their work that they are foster carers and usually workplaces are flexible.
You can foster whether you have children or not as long as you have a spare bedroom. If your children still live with you at home, then we will make sure any children you foster fit well with your family and your circumstances. If you child or family member is over the age 18 living in the household then we will need to complete some checks on them.
You can be a single carer and still foster whether you are on your own, part of a couple or have a family. It’s not your status that matters, it’s the qualities and support you can give to a child.
You can be a foster carer regardless of gender or orientation. It’s your personality and character that makes you a good foster carer. We work with New family social, find out more here.