Who Can be a Foster Carer? | www.timeforchildren.org

Who Can be a Foster Carer?

If you are interested in fostering we would like to hear from you no matter what your background. We have a diverse range of fostering families, from all walks of life and from all types of backgrounds. We welcome applications from single people and couples, whatever your ethnic background, religious beliefs and sexual orientation, and whether or not you already have children of your own. Below is a list of the types of people who can apply to become a foster carers:

  • You can be a parent or grandparent, or have no children of your own.
  • You can be married, or have a partner, or be single.
  • You can be a tenant or can own your home.
  • You can apply to become a foster carer whatever your cultural background or religious beliefs.
  • Your gender or sexuality should not prevent you from applying with us.
  • You can apply to be a foster carer from the age of 21.
  • You can continue be a foster carer past retirement age.
  • You don’t require any formal qualifications, we will train and help you.

Our Support for Foster Parents

Time for Children are committed to providing our foster carers with a support service that is accessible and effective. Check out the support we offer for our Foster Carers and their family's here

What Do You Need to Foster?

There are some basic requirements you will need to consider before applying to become a foster carer. If you feel that you meet the requirements set out below or you would like to discuss these further, fill out the form above and a member of our team will contact you.

  • A spare bedroom.
  • Experience of interacting with children and young people.
  • If in a relationship, you will need to show that it is stable and settled.
  • A caring personality, the time and energy to devote to a child.
  • Be over 21 years of age. There is no upper age limit as long as you are physically and mentally fit.
  • No serious criminal convictions. If you have been convicted of any violent or serious crimes against children or young people, you will not be able to proceed any further. However, some convictions may not discount you and should be disclosed at the beginning of the assessment process.
  • A good level of verbal and written English.
  • A commitment to the assessment process which builds a picture of your history and life experience.

Be Part of Time For Children's Fostering Family 

As a company built by Foster Carers, we understand what information is important to those thinking of transferring. The decision to transfer is a big one and we understand it’s one you don’t take lightly. It is not a quick decision and we completely understand that.
We have taken some time to work with our current foster carers to provide an insight into fostering with Time For Children; a real honest insight.  

Get More Information About Fostering With Us