We welcome people from all different walks of life to apply to become a foster carer. We understand everyone will have different life experiences, so all our foster carers are given training and support throughout their fostering journey to help develop and enhance the skills needed to care for our local children and young people.
Is there a criteria for becoming a foster carer?
There are lots of misconceptions out there when it comes to who can and cannot become a foster carer. We do not exclude anyone from consideration on the grounds of individual difference. However, you do need to meet the following to apply to become a foster carer:
- Be over 21 years old - there is no upper age limit
- Be a full-time resident in the UK or have leave to remain
- Have the time to look after a child or young person.
What do we look for in our foster carers?
- Enjoy looking after and caring for children and young people
- Are kind, patient and have a sense of humour
- Can offer a child or young person the trust to express their feelings
- Open to teaching a young person life skills to excel in adulthood
- Willing to have a medical assessment
- Supportive with education and building relationships
There are lots of misconceptions out there when it comes to who can and cannot become a foster carer. We do not exclude anyone from consideration on the grounds of individual difference. Here are some of the common myths:
- I'm too old... FALSE
There is no upper age limit as long as you feel you are healthy enough to look after a child.
- I can’t afford to foster... FALSE
We offer a generous weekly allowance ranging from £195 to £586 per child per week, depending on the age and needs of the child, and the skills and experience of the foster carer(s). We also offer additional allowances, see our finance package for more information
- I can’t continue working if I foster… FALSE
You must consider the demands of looking after a child but working does not prevent you from becoming a foster carer. Some applicants decide that supported lodgings is a better fit for their lifestyle too.
If there's anything else you feel may hold you back from fostering, see our most frequently asked questions (FAQs) to dispel your concerns and help you decide whether it’s right for you.