Who can foster?
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You need to have experience of caring for children.
You can foster if you are 21 or older.
There is no upper age limit.
You need to be fit and healthy enough to cope with the responsibilities and demands of fostering.
You don’t need to own your home, but you do need to:
offer a safe and secure environment
have enough room for a foster child.
You can still foster if you work full time, so long as your working hours are flexible enough to meet the demands of fostering, including:
taking children to and from school
going to meetings at short notice
supervising contact with the child’s birth family.
If you smoke you can’t foster babies and children under five. If you foster children over five, you should smoke outside so children and young people living with you don’t breath in passive smoke.
Disabilities and health problems
If you have a disability or health problem, we need to discuss your circumstances when you apply.
Anyone who applies to be a foster carer will have a medical exam. We will give you advice about the effects your health problem or disability could have on a child.
We need to consider if your condition would put you or a child at risk.
You can apply to foster if you get benefits.
If you are eligible
If you want to be a foster carer, you need to:
go through an assessment process
go to a three-day training course.
Apply to become a foster carer
If you meet the criteria above and are interested in finding out more about fostering, complete our enquiry form and we will be in touch.