What do I Need to Foster?
The three main things you need to apply to foster are:
- A spare bedroom
- Be over 25 years old
- Be capable of caring for a child
A spare bedroom is usually the most common reason people cannot foster but otherwise there really are very few barriers to fostering. We accept foster carers from any background regardless of your sexuality, relationship status, ethnicity, religion, gender and you do not need to own your own home either.
Having your own children, pets, a criminal record or being retired also will not stop you from fostering as long as it does not affect your ability to provide a safe, loving and nurturing environment for children in care.
You need to be committed to caring for a child and be flexible to meet their needs, so while in certain circumstances foster carers can continue working, the job they do has to be flexible so that they can attend training, meetings, write reports and attend appointments for the children in your care.
You also need to have a stable home environment, so for example we typically ask that if you are in a relationship, that you have been together for at least two years. If you are planning on moving, you can start the process of becoming a carer, but we will not place a child with you until you are stable in your new home.
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