Who can foster?

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
You cannot become an foster carer if you have been convicted of a serious crime.

    Special qualities

    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

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