Our children and young people needing care are all different and so are our foster carers who look after them.
We look for the skills and experience which make people ready to foster.
A young person, aged 14, said:
My foster carer has somehow put me on the right track by disciplining me. She also cooks nice food.
Anyone over the age of 21 years can be a foster carer.
You can foster if:
- you’re over the age of 21 years
- you’re single, in a relationship, a civil partnership or married
- you don’t need to own your own home, but you'll need a spare bedroom for the child or young person
- you're straight, gay, lesbian, bi or trans – we welcome applications from people of any sexuality
- you want to provide a loving home, whatever your religious, ethnic or cultural background
- you work, part time, full time or not at all
- You have a criminal record. However, if you have criminal convictions for most violent offences or any offences against children we would not be able to consider you as a foster carer; it's important to be honest about any cautions or convictions you have
- you have your own children or not
- you have a disability or health issue
Children’s Social Care