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Our foster carers say that, although challenging at times, it is the most satisfying and worthwhile job they've ever done.
Being a foster carer not only provides a temporary home for a child or young person, it’s also an important role in helping that child to understand what is happening to them and provide love and stability at a difficult time in their lives.
You don't need any special qualifications it's your experience and outlook on life that's most important – and we are looking for people who can help make a real, positive difference to a child.
We welcome applications from people, whatever their marital status, sexuality, religious or cultural background. People who foster with us can be homeowners or renting, employed or unemployed, retired or on benefits and be with or without children.
To become a foster carer you'll need to:
- be over 21 years of age, however there is no upper age limit
- be a permanent resident in the UK
- ensure that everyone in your household is committed to fostering
- be in good physical, mental and emotional health
- be a non-smoker if you want to foster a child under the age of five
- have a spare room in your house to accommodate a child
- have lived with your partner, if you are a couple, for a reasonable period of time
- not have committed a serious offence
- be prepared to cope with potentially challenging behaviour and uncertainty about how the child may develop, as well as help the child come to terms with any issues they might have
- demonstrate a suitable work-life balance, and that you'll have the time and emotional support to meet the needs of a child
- work as part of a team, with social workers, teachers and other professionals
- be able to work with parents and other family members, as many children return home to their families
- be prepared to help those children, who are unable to go home, move on to adoptive parents