can i foster?

Just as there is diversity in fostered children, foster carers need to come from a variety of backgrounds and have different life experiences, skills and qualities to help meet the needs of children and young people in foster care. There are, however, some common criteria that most fostering services need from you

  • To be at least 21 years old (although by law you can apply to foster from 18)

  • To have a spare bedroom big enough for a young person to live in

  • To be a full time resident in the UK or have leave to remain

  • To be able to give the time to care for a child or young person, often on a full-time basis


Can I be single and foster?

You can foster as a single person. All kinds of people can apply regardless of their relationship status. The most important factor is that you can provide a supportive, loving and nurturing environment.

Do I have to own my own home?

You do not need to own your own house, but your accommodation whether it is owned or rented will be an important part of your assessment process. You will need to have the necessary space and stability to offer a nurturing environment for children and young people placed with you.

Will my sexual orientation prevent me from fostering?

Your sexual orientation will not prevent you from fostering. However you identity, as long as you can provide a safe, warm and nurturing environment for a child then fostering might be for you. We are proud of the work we are doing to support LGBT carers and young people. Some of the specific work we have done for young people can be read at

Is there an upper age limit to foster?

There is no upper age limit to fostering. Some people foster well into their 70’s. If you are unsure about whether you are the right age for fostering, give us a call to discuss.

Can I continue to work and foster?

It is often possible to work part-time particularly if caring for school-age children and depending on the needs and age of children it may be possible to work full-time. Foster carers are expected to be available to care for children, attend meetings, training, support groups, and to promote and support contact between a child and their family.

Do I need any formal qualifications?

No, you do not need any formal qualifications to foster. When you are preparing to foster you will receive training to help you and your family identify and build upon the skills you already have, and develop new skills needed to foster, through our Skills to Foster course.

Will my religion or spirituality prevent me from fostering?

We are passionate about recruiting a diverse range of foster carers. A common misconception is that your religion will prevent you from fostering. Children should be welcomed to homes that can meet their needs, including religious needs. Contact us today if you have any questions about your suitability to foster.

Will my gender identity prevent me from fostering?

We are proud of all our foster carers however they identity. Whether you are trans, non-binary (or however else you identity) as long as you can provide a loving, safe and supportive home then fostering might be for you. Read more about the process of becoming a foster care and the myths around trans people and fostering by clicking the button below