You will get paid a generous weekly allowance, which varies according to the age and needs of the child(ren) you foster. We also make additional payment to cover the costs of birthdays, religious celebrations, mileage, and any equipment required. See our paymentspage for full details.
If you are over 21 and can provide a stable and caring home, you can foster. There is no upper age limit.
On average it takes about 6 months from application to approval. This time is reduced for those wanting to transfer from an independent agency.
Yes. It doesn’t matter if you are working or not. We simply look for people who can offer a caring home. We do ask about finances, but this applied to applicants who in are in work too.
No, unless there are exceptional circumstances. When children have contact with their family members, this is done in a neutral place like a Sure Start centre.
You can’t foster if you have certain types of convictions, such as those for violence or offences against children. Get in touch with us if you are unsure.
Yes. If you work full-time or part-time, there are certain types of fostering that you may be more suited to.
Absolutely. Parenting experience is really valuable (but not essential) when it comes to fostering.
Yes. We welcome applications from couples in same-sex relationships, or single gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people.
No. We welcome people who are married, single, living together, or in a civil partnership.
We will be issuing all of our approved Foster Carers with a unique ID Badge that can be worn at events and will shortly entitle Foster Carers and their families to seasonal discounts. We are in the process of working with local businesses to agree what these discounts will be and we will communicate these with you and list them on the website as these offers develop.