Who can foster?
We’re a diverse and welcoming fostering agency, so we open our foster carer applications to everyone. Your race, culture, sexual orientation, home ownership status and income don’t affect your chances. In fact, we believe the diversity of the foster parents we work with is a positive thing when finding the best possible family for a foster child.
The most important thing we look for in a potential foster parent is that they can offer a safe, caring and supportive home for a child or young person who might have had a difficult life so far.
Here’s an idea of some of the qualities we look for in potential foster carers.
- You must be over 25.
- You have a spare bedroom for each foster child.
- You genuinely want to help children and young people.
- You understand the difference between looking after your own children and caring for a foster child.
- You’re aware how fostering will impact your own children and extended family.
- You can cope in difficult and sometimes stressful situations.
- You want to foster because you want to help a foster child, not because you expect anything from them.
- You’re patient – it might take time for your foster child to accept your care and point of view.
- You’re not expecting a ‘role model’ child. Some of the children we work with have behavioural problems they need help with, such as lying, stealing or sexual behaviour.
- You can help your foster child bond with and feel affection for other people.
- You can help your foster child deal with their anger.
- You have a strong network of family and friends who will help with the pressures of fostering.
- You’re willing to share your life experiences with your foster child.
- You aren’t too houseproud – some things might get broken or moved.
- If something goes wrong, you can accept it, learn from it and move on.
Sometimes there are other things we need to consider when looking for the right foster parent for a child or young person. You might also need to be able to take on the role of foster carer full time.