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.