Who can foster?
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
Contact the team to tell us you're interested. It's just a chat to start with.