You can foster if:
- you're over 21. There is no upper age limit.
- you have some experience of children and/or young people - but you do not need children of your own.
- you're single, married or living with a partner of any gender.
- you have a healthy lifestyle.
- you or your partner can care for a child before and after school.
- you have time to go to daytime training and support groups, meet with social workers, and be there during school holidays or when your foster child is ill.
- you can provide a bedroom for the child you foster, unless fostering babies under age 2.
- everyone else in your household wants to make it work.
If you smoke, you will not be allowed to care for a child under age 5, or a child with respiratory problems.
You will need:
- a genuine commitment to care for a child or children.
- lots of energy, patience and understanding.
- willingness to work with us as part of the child care team.
- space in your home and time in your life.
- a home where children are safe from harm or abuse.
Get in touch
or if you have a question call us on 0800 801 530
"We felt we could provide a caring family and a happy family environment." — Karen and Darren, foster carers, Clacton-on-Sea