Who can foster?
Carers come from all walks of life, just like the children who need to be looked after.
The best foster carers are motivated by a genuine interest in caring for children and young people.
Foster carers are needed from a variety of different backgrounds and experiences. It is extremely important that we can place a child in a family that fits for both them and the family.
Families who share their own culture, language and religion can sometimes come into this, to ensure that the child's life is as normal as it can be. But the most important quality a foster carer needs is the commitment to develop a child’s ability and strength, ensuring their potential is fulfilled.
To become a foster carer you will need to:
- be at least 21 years old
- have a spare bedroom
- the time to devote
Few circumstances automatically prevent someone from becoming a foster carer, so do not rule yourself out.
We understand that being a foster carer can sometimes be challenging. With the right support and training, together we can make a positive difference to those children and young people in our care.
Working together we support our carers throughout their fostering journey. Helping transform the lives of children and young people, giving them the hope and aspirations they need to grow up to lead happy, loving, fulfilled lives.
You do not need any formal qualifications, ongoing training is provided, along with regular support from the fostering team. If you have any doubts do not hesitate to contact us to find out whether your situation would prevent you from becoming a foster carer.