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.

There are just a few key requirements you need to meet in order to apply to become a foster carer

  • you must be over 21

  • you must have a right to live and work in the UK

  • you must have a spare bedroom that's always available

What matters most is that you want to help make a difference in the life of children and young people! 

YOU CAN FOSTER IF...

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RETIRED / 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.

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CRIMINAL RECORD

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. 

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LGBTQ+

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.

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CURRENTLY WORKING

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.

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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.

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NOT MUCH EXPERIENCE

It doesn't matter whether you've had children or whether you have worked with children or young people before. These experiences are helpful, but we offer all the training and support you need before and after you're approved.

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