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Can I foster?

When it comes to being a foster carer and fostering a child, it’s your personal qualities that count. So here at Foster Care Associates, we proudly welcome people from all backgrounds and all walks of life.

Apart from a few basics, there aren’t any hard and fast rules about who can foster; as long as you are able to provide a stable home to a looked after child or young person in need, then you could make a brilliant foster carer.

So forget the myths – here’s exactly what you do need, and what you definitely don’t, in order to foster a child or young person.

Could you foster? What you need and what you don’t:

You have to be over 21 to foster – but there’s no upper age limit.

You don’t need qualifications or experience in childcare.

You must have a spare bedroom – but you don’t have to own your own house.

You don’t have to be a parent already – we will give you lots of training.

Generally, you need to be able to foster full time – but there are a few exceptions so please talk to us about your situation.

You don’t have to be in work before you foster – you will receive financial support so you can foster as a career.

You need to have British citizenship or permanent leave to stay in the UK.

You don’t need to be married or in a couple – and you can be a single guy.

You’ll need patience, energy, resilience and commitment by the bucket load.

Regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation or disability, you can foster.

How can we help?

Ready to start fostering a child or young person? Or just want a bit more information to help you decide whether fostering is for you? All you need to do is contact us.

  • Why do we need this? So we can email you a brochure.
  • Why do we need this? We appreciate that starting to foster is a big decision that needs careful consideration and you are likely to have questions. We’d like to help answer those questions.
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Phone us

Call us on 0800 434 6000 (lines open Monday - Friday: 9am - 8pm)

Fostering a child or young person is a big decision so we're here to answer any questions you may have. Our friendly fostering advisors, many of whom are carers themselves, can talk you through everything you need to know about becoming a foster carer.

For all other general enquiries, please call 0800 085 225.

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Haven't got time to chat now? Leave your details and we'll call you back at a time that suits you:

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  • Why do we need this? So we can email you a brochure.
  • Why do we need this? We appreciate that starting to foster is a big decision that needs careful consideration and you are likely to have questions. We’d like to help answer those questions.
  • Please enter your postcode to see news and events in you area
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Phone us

Call us on 0800 434 6000 (lines open Monday - Friday: 9am - 8pm)

Fostering a child or young person is a big decision so we,re here to answer any questions you may have. Our friendly fostering advisors, many of whom are carers themselves, can talk you through everything you need to know about becoming a foster carer.

For all other general enquiries, please call 0800 085 225.

Call me back

Haven't got time to chat now? Leave your details and we'll call you back at a time that suits you:

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.