Enquire about fostering
Please answer the qualifying questions below before you continue to the enquiry form.
Can I foster?
Can I foster? We’re sure that’s one of the first questions you ask yourself. So here’s a checklist of what we consider the essential requirements to becoming a foster carer.
You can foster if:
- You’re single or married.
- You’ve a disability or medical condition (as long as it’s stable and doesn’t affect your ability to care for a child).
- You’ve children of your own or not.
- You own your own home or not – as long as you have a stable tenancy.
- You work or not as we have a variety of schemes to suit a wide range of circumstances.
- You’re retired.
- Whether your own childhood was difficult, as long as you’ve learnt from the experiences.
- Regardless of your ethnic background, we always need carers from different cultures in order to match children and young people with suitable families.
It’s essential that YOU:
- Like children and young people and enjoy their company.
- Can work effectively alongside other people in the child’s life.
- Don’t have a police record for violence or offences against children.
- Can understand or are prepared to learn how children behave when they’ve been emotionally or physically hurt.
- Are willing to attend training courses and support groups.
- Have room in your home for a child or children.
Types of foster care
There are a wide range of children who need looking after from anything from one day a week, every week, to every day for the remainder of their childhood – and everything in-between. You can care for toddlers or teens or even be involved in specialist care … The many types of foster care are listed here, but it all comes down to what’s best for you and for the children we look after.
- Short Term Fostering.
- Part-time caring (Short Breaks) for disabled children.
- Disabled children.
- Groups of brothers and sisters.
- Mother and baby.
Because actually, it’s the small moments that make a big difference.