Who can foster?


The simple answer is most people. You don’t need to:

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

You do need:

  • Patience/warmth
  • Understanding
  • Space in your house – a spare bedroom

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. All applicants and family members undergo statutory checks and assessments.

Foster carers come from all walks of life, all social backgrounds and all ages. The youngest someone can become a foster carer is 21 but there is no upper age limit. We welcome applications from all minority groups.

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.