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 heroes! 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.

We need people from all walks of life to be foster carers. It doesn’t matter if…


You're retired or age 65+

You can foster whether you're 25 or 78, as long as you have a zest for life and are committed to make a difference to children and young people.

You have a criminal record

Having a criminal record does not necessarily prevent you from becoming a foster carer – it depends what your convictions relate to and how recently they have taken place. Each case is individually looked at when you apply.

You're single or in a couple

You can be a foster carer regardless of whether you live on your own, are 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 have a job or are unemployed

When you become a foster carer the children you look after will be your first priority but, as long as your job is flexible, working alongside fostering is fine.

You've not got much experience

It doesn't matter whether you've had children or not or whether or not you have worked with children or young people before. If you have then these experiences may be really helpful, but we offer all the training and support you need regardless of any prior experience you have.

You're LGBTQ+

You can be a foster carer whether you're gay or straight - it's your personality and character that makes you a good foster carer not your sexual orientation. 

You're religious

There are thousands of children needing foster families and they come from a variety of religious and racial backgrounds, so we recruit a rich variety of carers to care for them. 

You rent your home

It doesn't matter whether you rent your home or own it yourself as long as you have a separate bedroom available for fostering.

You've got kids at home

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.

Call us anytime on 0800 023 4450

Take the first step towards becoming a foster carer today
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Parallel Parents

Head Office: 2nd Floor Lansdowne House,
85 Buxton Road, Stockport, SK2 6LR

0800 023 4450