FOSTERING: Key requirements
- You are the right kind of
person and are fit and
- Have a spare room where a
child or young person could
feel at home.
- A secure and settled wider
- Have the life skills and
experience to meet the needs
of children and young people.
Foster carers come from all
walks of life – you may be at
home with your own children
and have room for one or more,
your children have flown the nest
but you have a wealth of
experience to offer, or you
haven’t any children of your
own. Whatever the reason, fostering
could offer you a fulfilling
way of life that really benefits
others in so many different ways.
There are many different
types of foster care, so you
can be involved for a few
hours or a few years, it’s up
• Short/medium term care
– There are many reasons why
a child might require a short-term
placement. Perhaps there has
been a breakdown in a relationship
and the child is at risk.
• Longer Term Care – For
children who cannot return to live
with their birth families and where
adoption is not considered as the
• Take-a-Break – Some children in
need of foster care have physical
or learning disabilities, sensory
impairment or other special needs.
This type of care can often involve
working closely with other support
services such as medical or
• Sibling groups –
It is important that we keep sibling
groups together, especially when
there is disruption and trauma in
• Teenagers – Although we need
carers for children of all ages, the
biggest area of need is for teenagers.
• Mother and baby – At times it may
be necessary to provide extra support
and security to new mums and their
babies, particularly teenage mums.