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.