Who can foster?

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We welcome people from all walks of life.

Everyone has different life experiences and skills that they can bring to fostering. There are a few requirements that ensure children and young people in our care are always provided with the best care. 

Requirements of a foster carer:

  • You must be at least 21 years old. There is no upper age limit.
  • You need a spare bedroom.
  • You need to be fit and healthy to meet the needs of a child placed with you.
  • You need to be honest and open. The assessment process is very thorough and you will be asked about many different aspects of your life.
  • You have the time to commit to your fostering assessment and training. 
  • You need to have indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

Qualities of a foster carer 

We welcome people who:

  • have a down-to-earth attitude
  • are able to take things in their stride and find solutions to problems
  • have a good sense of humour 
  • are confident, a good role model for children and able to nurture confidence in others
  • are patient and can build trusting relationships with children 
  • are good at listening and can respond kindly
  • are committed to their own learning and development. Training is a crucial part of fostering
  • are able to communicate well share information sensitively 
  • are open-minded to change
  • want to be a part of a friendly, local fostering community

Additional qualities from a child’s point of view: 

  • Be good at listening - have at least one ear for me 
  • Be non-judgemental - I’m in care, so does that make me a problem? 
  • Focus on the person not the process - get to know me for who I am, accept me and help me grow
  • Be consistent and stable - are you going to stick with me, will you be there for me long term? Will you give me clear, fair rules and will you stick to them? 
  • Be empathetic - try to understand me, but don’t feel sorry for me 
  • Be honest - don’t beat around the bush, just tell me 
  • Be genuine - don’t hide behind your role, no jargon please 
  • Be a good time keeper - it is good manners, you should set a good example if you expect it of me 
  • Be contactable - how will I get hold of you? 
  • Be resourceful and flexible - I deserve the best you can give 
  • Help me feel I belong – I need to feel I am part of your family, but remember I have a birth family too 
  • Be able to negotiate - can we discuss the rules and agree to compromise on some things? All young people are not the same, one size does not fit everyone 
  • Be kind - listen to me
  • Let me try things out and be there when it goes wrong 
  • Cook the food I like

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