Choosing to be a foster carer

Who can become a foster carer

Foster carers come from all age groups and backgrounds, living in all kinds of homes.

Anyone with any combination of the circumstances below can apply to foster.

retired unemployed working
own home private tenant council tenant
married separated divorced
single gay straight
own children at home own children left home no children
any ethnicity any religion any background

What they have in common is that they want to make a difference to a child's life.

There is no upper age limit to being a foster carer. You must be at least 21 years-old and medically fit to care for a child.

If you want to become a foster carer, you need:

  • enough space – it is important you have a spare bedroom that's not in use, and you need to show you have enough room in your home to care for a child in a safe and secure environment

  • enough time – being realistic about your working hours and other commitments, do you have enough time to do the school run and involved with a child's activities and contact visits, as well as continuing your current routines?

I'm interested in fostering