Can I Foster?

We consider each application on an individual basis. Try our Am I Fostering Ready quiz on this page to work out if you’re ready for the commitment.

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You can be a foster carer regardless of whether you are:

  • Single, married or unmarried
  • Heterosexual or LGBTQ+
  • Disabled or able-bodied
  • Employed or receiving benefits
  • Have your own children, or not
  • Are a home owner or renting
  • From any ethnic or religious background
  • And there is no upper age limit to foster
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What else do I need to know?

  • You must have a spare bedroom for a foster child or young person to use.
  • If you have any criminal cautions or convictions for offences against children, or sexual offences against adults, then you will not be able to foster.
  • It is important to remember that fostering will have an impact upon your own children. From experience we know how crucial they can be to creating successful placements. For this reason they will be part of the application and assessment process and we will always seek to answer any questions or concerns they may have.
  • If you smoke (including e-cigarettes) you cannot foster a child under the age of 5 years.
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Am I Fostering Ready?

Find out if you can foster through our interactive quiz.

How old are you?

You have finished the quiz! Please find more information on fostering below.

Other Information

Please note that you can become a foster carer regardless of your marital status, sexuality, ethnicity or religion. Children in Care come from a variety of different backgrounds and so we need foster carers from all walks of life too.

Get In Touch!

If you would like to make an enquiry, discuss any of the requirements to become a foster carer in more detail, or have any further questions, please contact our friendly team on 0121 303 7575.

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