Could you Foster?
Could you foster?
Every year, tens of thousands of children across the UK need foster carers while they can’t live with their own families. That means thousands of new foster carers are needed every year. Could you be one of them?
Foster carers come from all backgrounds and bring a wide range of different life and work experiences. They receive training and support to help them develop the skills to meet the needs of children in care.
Just as there is diversity in fostered children, foster carers need to come from a variety of backgrounds and have different life experiences, skills and qualities to help meet the needs of children and young people in foster care. There are, however, some common criteria that most fostering services need from you:
- to be at least 21 years-old (although by law you can apply to foster from 18)
- to have a spare bedroom big enough for a young person to live in
- to be a full-time resident in the UK or have leave to remain
- to be able to give the time to care for a child or young person, often on a full-time basis.
Other factors to consider
Other factors which will be taken into account will include:
- Your health – are you fit and able to foster for now and the foreseeable future?
- Your financial security – can you afford to foster?
- Your home – is it safe for a child or young person?
- Your friends and family – are there people who can support you to foster?
- Your past – whether you have lived abroad and any previous convictions.
- Your experience with children and young people – through family, work, or volunteering.
If you have any further question please feel free to contact us