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Who can be a foster carer

Foster carers can come from all backgrounds and walks of life. You don’t need to have a certain income or live in a big house. 

The most important thing is that you’re flexible not only with your time but also your willingness to look after a child in our care.

Foster carers can be:

  • Single, married, divorced or living together
  • In a same sex relationship
  • From any religious or ethnic background
  • A homeowner or living in rented accommodation
  • Employed or on benefits
  • Already a parent
  • Living with a disability

Our requirements 

To be a foster carer you must be over the age of 21 and have a spare room in your home. 

You must have no convictions for offences against children or any other criminal history that may affect your ability to foster.

We’re looking for carers who:

  • Have patience, understanding and a good sense of humour
  • Enjoy spending time with children and young people
  • Are happy to receive support and guidance
  • Can be flexible but able to provide structure
  • Are able to commit time to a child or young person
  • Can handle potentially difficult behaviour

We are always recruiting more foster carers so that a child or young person has somewhere safe to live when they need it.

Find out more

Find out more about the many different types of foster care or contact us for further details.

Types of foster care


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