Who can become a foster Carer?  

Anyone can apply to foster, as long as you are over 21 years old. This is because there is an expectation that foster carers will have sufficient life experience to enable them to meet the needs of children placed with them, and age can be a factor in this. 

There is also no official upper age limit on foster care and many older people make excellent carers, providing they are able to look after a child or young person. They bring a wealth of skills and experience to the task and many young people find it easier to relate to an older person. 

We welcome applications from people from all walks of life; Anyone (over 21) can apply to foster regardless of whether they are single, married or living with a partner. Also, regardless of whether you have your own children or not, whether you live in your own home or rent, whatever your race, religion or sexuality.

How long does it take to become a foster carer?

The time it takes to become a registered foster carer can vary, it takes an average of between 6-12 months.  

Are Foster Carer's paid?

When a child is placed with a foster carer they will receive a weekly fostering allowance which is intended to cover the costs of looking after a child in foster care, such as clothing, food and pocket money. The amount varies depending on the age of the child. 

Foster carers also receive a fee in recognition of their time, skills and experience. Our Fees and Allowances page has further information. 

Can I work as well as being a foster carer? 

Yes, if there are 2 registered carers 1 can work or the responsibility can be shared between both if there is enough flexibility.  If you are a single carer this is more difficult but it is always worth discussing your situation with someone from the fostering team, who will consider your individual circumstances.