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Who Can Foster?

Becoming a foster carer is easier than you think. So long as you’re aged 25-plus and in good health, Community Foster Care would love to hear from you, whatever your background. 

You may be:

  • single, married or divorced
  • male or female
  • a parent with young or grown-up children
  • someone who’s never had children
  • a single parent
  • in a same-sex relationship
  • employed or unemployed (employed people who need to work full-time will be considered for respite foster care, ie weekends and school holidays to support other foster carers)
  • You may have a criminal record for non-violent offences or cautions in the past

You will need:

  • a good-sized spare room for each child
  • evidence of parenting skills, either with your own children or other people's 
  • one person based at home if you want to foster full-time
  • a commitment to ongoing training 
  • a real interest in helping young people with difficulties understand that they do have a future
  • a commitment to working in partnership with the child's birth family and professionals.

Please read our Foster Carer Profiles to see the rewards fostering brings and click on our Fostering FAQs for more info on becoming a foster carer for Community Foster Care.