What is the criteria for fostering?
When it comes to being a foster parent and fostering a child, it’s your personal qualities that count. We proudly welcome people from all backgrounds, all walks of life, all religions and sexual orientations. There aren’t any hard and fast rules about who can foster children and young people, so forget the myths, here is what you need in order to foster:
What you need:
- Be over 21 years old (there’s no upper age limit)
- Have a spare bedroom but you don’t need to own your own house
- Be a British Citizen or have indefinite leave to remain
- Generally you’ll need to be able to foster full time, but there are a few exceptions
- Plenty of patience, energy, resilience and commitment
What you don't:
- To be married or in a relationship
- Already be a parent (we give you lots of support and training)
- Any specific qualifications or experience in childcare
- You can foster regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation or disability
Can I foster?
Many people rule themselves out of fostering but actually all kinds of people make wonderful foster carers.
Regardless of their relationship status, religion, ethnicity, sexuality, age, gender, income or number of birth children, the one thing they all have in common is drive and determination to make a lasting and positive difference for the vulnerable child or young person in their life.
If you want to find out more, get in touch with us today.
Can I foster if I'm single?
Of course! A lot of our foster parents at FCA are single - some are single men, single women, and others are single parents as well.
Can I foster if I am gay?
You can definitely foster if you are gay. We are proud to welcome LGBTQ foster parents so find out more about joining FCA today!
Get in touch
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.