Fostering involves taking care of someone else’s child or children in your home for a few days, months or sometimes until they grow up.
The rewards are huge. Although it can be challenging, you will be helping young people feel good about who they are and ensuring they get the support they need to flourish.
The process of becoming a foster carer usually takes about six months and we will do all we can to help you understand what’s involved and give you the best possible support.
You don’t need any specific qualifications to foster, just patience, time and a commitment to improving children’s lives.
There are many myths surrounding who can foster, meaning that many people rule themselves out as possible foster carers unnecessarily. Find out more about these common misconceptions by watching our foster carer tell their story in the films below.
- Myth: I can't foster if I have a young family
- Myth: I'm too old to foster
- Myth: It's difficult to foster siblings
- Myth: I can't foster a child with disabilities