Can you foster?

Can you foster?

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Lots of different kinds of people make great foster carers, so don’t rule yourself out without looking into what’s involved.

You can foster:
  • if you are married, single, gay or straight
  • if you own or rent your home with a spare bedroom and enough room to care for a child in a safe, clean and secure environment
  • whatever your ethnicity, culture or religion
  • whether or not you already have children
  • if you work or are unemployed
  • if you are reasonably fit and have the energy to care for children
  • if you live in Northumberland or the nearby surrounding areas
  • if you are 25 or older, although people as young as 21 can be considered if you have significant care work experience. There is no upper age limit
You should:
  • have relevant life experience and personal or professional care skills
  • have enough time to meet the needs of the children and young people
  • understand that fostering can be very challenging
  • be committed to making a difference to children’s lives
  • be able to provide children with a nurturing and positive family environment
  • enjoy looking after children and young people
  • be able to work as part of a large and varied team
  • be patient, resilient, resourceful and flexible
For more information, download our guide to the role of a foster carer.