Foster carers come from all different walks of life. Our main concern is that you can offer a child a safe and secure environment and can understand some of the child's feelings and worries.
The basic requirements are quite general, you can:
- be any age
- be single, married or in a long term relationship; your sexual orientation is not an issue
- be from any ethnic group or religion.
- live in or outside of York, within reasonable travelling distance
- already have children of your own, or not
We look for special qualities in people that make them ideal foster carers. If you want to become a foster carer, you should:
- be patient, tolerant and be able to provide a warm and secure home
- have the extra time and energy a foster child would need
- be willing to develop new skills
- be able to communicate effectively and work positively with a child's family and social work staff
- be able to bounce back and overcome problems you may meet
- have enough physical space in your home, preferably a spare bedroom
- be prepared for us to learn more about you and your family. By law this involves an assessment process including personal and medical references, and police and statutory check