What do you actually need to foster a child?
A lot of people can actually foster without knowing that they can. They have all that they need to foster!
Take a look at the infographic at the bottom of this page to find out more about what you need to foster.
Own my home?
You actually don’t need to own your home to foster. You can be renting and still be elligible. All you need, to foster a child, is at least a spare bedroom of their own, and can comfortably accomodate a child in care. A simple single-sized bedroom is enough, so long as it can within reason, accomodate a single bed, drawers, study desk and have a little extra space left over.
No need to be married. You can be single, co-habiting or married. All we ask is that you are able to give the time required to a vulnerable young person.
A lot of carers give up work to foster, due to the time required to be able to care for a young person. If you are part of a couple, one of you can still work full-time. Some carers resume work, but reduce hours or go part-time. Click here to read our blog post about fostering and working. As a foster carer, we offer excellent packages to reward you for your time and effort; approved carers recieve a financial package that covers the cost of caring for a child, as well as a “reward” element, which pays you for your time, effort and skill. Click here to read about the fostering payments.
Training and Support
You don’t need any formal qualifications, but experience in working with children is necessary. This can include your own or close family members. We will provide all the training, from the initial Skills to Foster course (a 2 day training coruse to introduce potential carers to fostering), right up through to our Level 1, 2 and 3 courses. You can read more about the training courses (click here) and the support provided (click here) on our website.