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.