Enquire about fostering
Please answer the qualifying questions below before you continue to the enquiry form.
Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Halton and Warrington councils are working together to offer a joint recruitment and marketing fostering service.
To enquire about becoming a foster carer please call 0300 123 3223 or complete our online enquiry form Thank you
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.