What We Look For

What We Look For Foster Carers Fostering CareTo be a foster carer you will need to be flexible, understanding, and resilient and want to learn new skills. Fostering is challenging and takes time, commitment and patience. The children and young people placed with Fairways Foster Care are from a diverse range of backgrounds and will display different behaviour depending upon their various experiences.

Many children and young people have been faced with much uncertainty throughout their lives so far, and others have been neglected or abused. All children are different, just like adults, making it difficult to define a “typical child”. However, what you can expect is, as with any child or young person, the need for security, stability and the chance to develop, thrive and reach their potential.

  • Understanding and sensitivity for children’s emotional needs
  • A real interest in caring for a child’s day-to-day needs
  • Patience, kindness and self awareness
  • A firm but fair approach
  • A willingness to look at things from another perspective
  • An ability to take on information
  • Exposure to family situations
  • Faith or strong relationships to draw upon
  • Personal resilience and maturity
  • Experience of working with children, parenting
  • A good sense of humour

  • Have time and energy to commit to a child/young person.
  • Have at least one spare bedroom (it doesn’t matter if your house/flat is owned or rented).
  • Work as part of a team.
  • Have a good sense of humour and the ability to bounce back
  • Undertake a commitment to training to build your confidence and skills
  • Are passionate about wanting to make a positive difference to a child/young person’s life experience
  • Are open and honest

How the process works

Discover how the step by step application process takes place from start to finish.