Can you foster?

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We have foster carers of all ages, from a wide variety of backgrounds, with different life experiences and circumstances. 

We've provided answers to common myths about fostering.

If the following describes you, then we’d love you to get in touch:

  • You have a spare bedroom in your home
  • You are aged 21 or over
  • You don’t have any serious convictions or offences against children
  • You don’t have any dangerous pets
  • You don’t have any serious health conditions
  • You want to make a difference to the life of a vulnerable child or young person

What fostering includes

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Fostering is often described as the most rewarding and challenging thing anyone can do. Therefore we need foster carers who are resilient and positive in their outlook, and are able to do the very best for the children they are looking after.

The foster carer role includes the following:

  • Providing a safe, healthy and nurturing home for a child
  • Demonstrating personal and emotional warmth to adults and children
  • Working with professionals to implement a care plan for the child they are looking after
  • Valuing diversity and ensure children have a positive understanding of their origins, religions and culture
  • Understanding other people’s points of view and feelings, and be sensitive to others
  • Having the ability to stand back from situations, and be flexible in resolving them

Fostering case studies

Please take a look at what some of our foster carers have to say.

Sue's video case study

Jo's video case study