Prospective foster carers
Thinking about fostering?
If you're thinking about fostering we'll support you every step of the way. Our website has information to help you understand whether you are likely to be eligible to foster.
Want to know more?
You might like to hear from our foster carers, and find out why they decided to get into fostering and what it's really like. You can also find out about the support and training we give to our approved carers.
Come along to one of our information evenings or fostering surgeries, speak to our team on 0300 123 6723 or fill in our enquiry form and one of the team will get back to you. You can also ask to speak to one of our foster carers at any stage in the process.
Ready to take the next step?
Find out about our assessment process. After you get in touch, a social worker experienced in foster care will support you and offer you advice as you go through the process.
Tips for being a foster carer
- Treat a foster child as part of your own family while recognising that the child will probably have different needs and expectations.
- Be realistic and adapt to your life changing when a child comes to live with you.
- Support contact with the child’s family and friends.
- Understand that each child is individual, with their own needs and feelings.
- Be sympathetic in your approach to the children and their families.
- Be able to deal with stressful situations and the feelings that come with them.
- Be tolerant of a child’s behaviour and recognise this will be affected by their experiences and feelings.
- Support a child’s education. Encourage them to learn and have good contact with the child’s school and other professionals.
- Help a child to live a healthy lifestyle. Offer positive choices and take the child to any healthcare appointments they need to go to.
- Take a positive approach and not give up easily when things are difficult.
- Enjoy having fun with the child! There are many rewards in being a foster carer including seeing the child you are looking after develop confidence and self-esteem while learning new skills.
Please note that we are not responsible for the content of external websites.
Fosterline has produced a preparing to foster guide which may help you decide whether you're ready for an initial assessment. Fosterline is funded by the Department for Education and provides confidential, impartial, advice and information to those interested in fostering.
The Fostering Network is a UK charity for everyone involved in fostering. Their website provides advice and information for anyone with an interest in fostering.