Find out about fostering

Find out if you can become a foster carer

There are very few barriers to applying to become a foster carer. For example, you can foster if you are married or single, already have children or are from the LGBTQ+ community.

You will need:

  • a spare room exclusively for the foster child
  • to be over 21 years old
  • to have indefinite leave to remain or full residency within the UK

The qualities you will need

Foster carers will need to have:

  • good communication skills
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work as part of a team
  • good record keeping skills
  • the ability to set firm boundaries and manage children's behaviour

Enid's story

Enid has been fostering with Buckinghamshire Council for 11 years and told us about her experience fostering teenagers.

Get ready to foster

Use our FosteringReady tool to quickly learn more and to create a personalised plan of things you can do to get ready for fostering.

We created this tool together with carers and staff to help share practical advice and links to help you feel more ready to take the next step.

Contact us

Get in touch via our online enquiry form.

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