Top 10 requirements of being a Foster Carer


  • Have the time and energy to commit to helping a child or young person
  • A real interest in caring for a child’s day to day needs
  • Patience, kindness and self-awareness
  • An understanding and sensitivity for children’s emotional needs
  • Have at least one spare bedroom (it doesn’t matter whether your house or flat is owned or rented)
  • Be able to work as part of a team to ensure the best possible outcomes for a child or young person
  • Have resilience and have a good sense of humour
  • Undertake a commitment to training to build your confidence and enhance your skills
  • Be passionate about making a difference to a child or young person’s life
  • Ideally have experience of working with children or parenting

Fostering is challenging. It takes time, commitment and patience but it is often fun and enormously rewarding and, of course, you’ll have lots of support and help along the way.

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