Are you passionate about making a difference for children, and have energy and space in your life? Fostering could be for you. 

What you will need

Our foster carers come from all sorts of backgrounds and communities. To be a foster parent, you’ll need to:

  • Be over 21 or 25 if you’re in Scotland
  • Have a spare room
  • Be good with children
  • Have time to give

 In return, we cover the costs of caring for a child, and we pay a fee. 


What makes a good carer

As a foster carer, you will: 

  • Enjoy the company of children and young people
  • Be willing to learn
  • Have the energy, patience and resilience to stick with a child
  • Develop trust with a child by listening and talking to them
  • Be consistent and confident in your decisions
  • Work as part of a team with families, social workers, teachers and health workers
  • Bring enthusiasm and a sense of fun

Most importantly, you will make a child feel part of your family.

Find a fostering service near me

People are often put off by myths about fostering. They might think it’s only for certain types of people. This really isn’t true.

Not a parent?

That's okay. Our foster carers need some past experience with children or young people, but you don't have to have been a parent! 

Your experience could be from looking after children in your family, volunteering, or working with children and young people. 

We'll make sure you have the training and the support you need to look after the children in your care. 

Not a home owner?

It doesn't matter whether you own or rent your house, you can foster either way. But if you rent, you'll need to ask your landlord for permission.

Can't afford to give up work?

We provide a weekly allowance, so you can focus your time and skills on the children and young people in your care. Request an info pack to find out about fees in your local area

We also help cover expenses while you have a foster child with you. 

38% of our foster carers have returned to work since being approved. As long as you're there for the young person when they need you, there is some flexibility.

Already have children at home?

That's okay too! Lots of our foster carers have children living at home, all at different ages.

During the assessment we look at how a fostered child could fit into your home, and how you would meet the needs of your own children and the fostered child.

If your own children are very small, we might ask for you to wait a little, but please do get in touch to chat it through with us! 


We welcome all prospective carers, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.

We want our foster carers to reflect society’s diverse family structures. So if you are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, we encourage you to apply!

It also doesn't matter if you are single, in a civil partnership, married or living with a partner.

Any questions?

Speak to our team on 0845 200 5162. 

Or get in touch to receive your local information pack. 

Request an info pack