What is fostering?

What is fostering all about?

Fostering is one of the most varied, challenging and rewarding jobs you can do.

Fostering can be anything from taking a child into your home for one weekend a month, to looking after them on a full-time basis for a few months, or perhaps permanently.

Every year, tens of thousands of children across the UK need foster carers while they can’t live with their own families. That means thousands of new foster carers are needed every year.

Could you be one of them?

There is nothing quite like fostering if you want to work with children. Working from home, it’s possible to combine fostering with caring for your own children, or to combine fostering and other work, depending on the age and needs of the children in your care.

Who can do it?

Most people over the age of 21 who have a spare room at home can foster.

Foster carers come from different walks of life just like the children and young people who need looking after.  It’s your life experience, individual qualities and what you can offer a child that’s important.  

What our foster children need


We love fostering

Some of our children in foster care ask for people who will:

  • keep me safe
  • play with me
  • listen to my feelings
  • feed me
  • love me
  • care for me
  • help me get ready
  • send me to bed at a sensible time
  • make me part of a family
  • are kind to me

Fostering information pack

Our guide to fostering in one handy information pack.

Related documents

Information for young people

We have two guides that explain fostering to children and young people.

Related documents

Fostering strategy, carers charter and statement of purpose

Related documents

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Testimonial 1

We love fostering

“I absolutely love it and wish I had done it years ago.”

- Janet, long term carer