Who can foster?
You don’t need any formal qualifications to become a foster carer, and your local authority or agency will train you in the specific skills required to provide excellent foster care.
However, fostering teams will look at:
- Your ability to work with the local authority or agency
- Your lifestyle
- Whether you are able to work as part of a team
- What space you have in your home
- Your health
- Your background
- Your experience looking after children, including your parenting skills and attitude
- Whether you can provide a safe and nurturing environment for a child or young person
Providing a stable environment
Foster carers have to be able to manage the behaviour of a child or young person, which will include the traumatic experience of moving from their family home. As a foster carer you will have to be able to communicate efficiently with social services, and occasionally birth families, as well as the children and young people in your care.
Your family situation
Foster carers come from many different backgrounds. It does not matter if you are single, or part of a couple; have children or whether you own your own home or rent. Children will be placed with foster carers who can best meet their needs.
If you feel that fostering might be for you then click HERE for a free guide to fostering. This guide will hopefully answer many of your questions.
Fostering Information Pack
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