Could I foster?

Foster carers look after children and young people who are in the care of a Local Authority. The responsibility for the children is shared, and the hope is usually that they can return to their birth families.

This might be for short periods, but sometimes the children might stay in their foster families until they are adults.

Foster carers come from many backgrounds and include both couples and single people, those who already have children and those who have not.

As a foster carer, you will need to be available to support a child or children 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

Some of the reasons to become a foster carer include:

  • it can be be extremely rewarding to care for a child or children who are going through a difficult time.
  • you may enjoy helping children move on to a new family, or to return to their birth parents.
  • you may enjoy caring for older children, who might be with you for long periods.

Guide to fostering (from the British Association of Adoption & Fostering)

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