Could I foster?

We are looking for all types of people! For instance, whether you and your partner work; you already have children of your own; you are in a same-sex relationship; or are a single person, we want to hear from you! We want to hear from everyone who believes they can provide a stable, nurturing home for a local child in need. Your desire and ability to care are much more important than the size of your home or whether or not you drive, for example.

Personal qualities are the most important thing. We, and the children we care for, believe that our foster carers need to be:

· Patient and understanding
· Caring and kind
· Resilient and able to speak up for the child
· Fun, with a strong sense of humour!Fostering 1

How is fostering different to adoption?

Adoption is a legal process which transfers the responsibilities and duties of a birth parent to an adoptive parent. For many different reasons, some children cannot live with their birth parents or families. Adoption enables children to have a stable, secure upbringing as a full and legal member of a new family. Fostering is usually a temporary arrangement where the legal responsibilities remain with the birth parent or guardian.

If you are interested in adoption please visit our adoption site

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You can be single, living with a partner, married or divorced

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We encourage applications from people in all relationship situations. Some children would be best suited to being in a smaller family, perhaps with just one carer, where they can be the carer's sole focus, whereas we know others would thrive in a busy household. We always need to be able to draw on a range of carers to look after children with different needs.

You can be gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual or transgender

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We aim to encourage applications from a diverse range of people.

You can be working, be unemployed or retired

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We aim to recruit foster carers who will raise the aspirations of the children in their care, by helping them to achieve their maximum potential. We encourage applications from everyone who believes they may be able to do so.

You can live in a home you own, rent privately or rent from a Housing Association

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We just need to see that your home will provide a safe, stable and nurturing environment for a child.

You can have pets at home

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Pets are the one thing that our looked after children say that they would like the most in a foster home! And we know the real benefits that having a pet in the home can bring. We'll just need to meet them to check that they are safe to be around children.

You can still foster if you have minor health issues

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Your health and wellbeing is assessed on an individual basis.There is nothing that will automatically rule you out of becoming a foster carer. For example, if you have a bad back, you may just be advised to foster older children or teenagers, as opposed to babies and toddlers who require lots of lifting and carrying.