Foster carers provide a safe and stable home for children and young people who are unable to live with their parents or legal guardians.

Placements can last for days, months, or years and allow children to live in a supportive and caring home environment.

  • You have to be over 21 to foster – but there’s no upper age limit.
  • You must have a spare bedroom – but you don’t have to own your own house.
  • You need to have British citizenship or permanent leave to stay in the UK.
  • You’ll need patience, energy, resilience and commitment by the bucket load.
  • Generally, you need to be able to foster full time – but there are a few exceptions, so please talk to us
  • You don’t need qualifications or experience in childcare
  • You don’t have to be a parent already – we will give you lots of training
  • You don’t have to be in work before you foster – you will receive financial support so you can foster as a career.
  • You don’t need to be married or in a couple – and you can be a single guy.
  • Regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation or disability, you can foster.

Many different kinds of people can provide a secure, caring environment for children and young people who are separated from their own families, and we need a range of people to meet children and young people’s different needs.

Qualities needed to be a foster carer

  • Be patient, sensitive, have lots of energy, and a sense of humour
  • Have space in your lives and home
  • Be willing to learn and seek support
  • Be adaptable and emotionally resilient
  • Be able to value and understand a child’s past experiences
  • Will empathise with the difficulties the child will have gone through
  • Be able to remain committed to the child through both good and challenging times
  • Will support the child in maintaining contact with their family and friends
  • Will encourage, support and promote the educational needs of the child
  • Will encourage and provide a healthy lifestyle
  • Will support the child’s individual interests.