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Who can foster

Find out about who can foster, and what you do and don't need

Being able to like and value children who are going through a rough time in their lives is crucial to being a successful foster carer.

People who have been convicted of offences against children or violent crimes will be refused. Foster carers come from all walks of life, all social backgrounds and all ages. There is no upper or lower age limit for being a foster carer, although we would not usually approve anyone under the age of 21.

Foster carers can be retired, working or unemployed. Some already have a family; others don’t have children of their own. They can be couples, single people and live in large detached houses or two-bedroomed flats. They can be homeowners or in rented housing. Our Frequently Asked Questions guide helps to explore a few of the myths around who can foster.

You don't need to:

  • be married
  • have a certain salary bracket
  • be super human!

You do need:

  • patience and warmth
  • understanding
  • space in your house – a spare bedroom

All applicants and family members undergo statutory checks and assessments.

Are you already a foster carer?

We welcome foster carers who are already working with independent fostering agencies or other local authorities. We follow the Fostering Network’s ‘Transfer Protocol’, which means you could become a foster carer with Walsall Council in as little as four months. Please contact us to discuss your individual situation.