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Who can foster?

You don’t need qualifications to become a foster carer. Your life experiences and personal qualities are much more important, as is your ability to love and care for a child.

Lots of different people can foster. There are very few circumstances that will rule you out, however you must be:

  • Over 21 years of age. There is no upper age limit.

  • In reasonably good health, and fit and well enough to care for children.

  • Able to offer a secure home with a spare room, or rooms if you wish to foster more than one child.

Don’t rule yourself out

People often think they won’t be considered for a whole host of reasons that are simply not true. The following statements show that we welcome foster carers from wide range of backgrounds. 

  • Children can be placed with carers from a different ethnic background.

  • Minor convictions may not be relevant.

  • Being disabled may not exclude you.

  • Foster carers are welcome whatever their sexual orientation.

  • There is no upper age limit.

  • You can foster if you are single.

  • If you work you will still be considered.

You can also read our FAQs to find out more.