Fostering and Adoption

What is Foster Care:

Being a foster carer not only provides a temporary home for a child or young person, it’s also an important role in helping that child to understand what is happening to them and provide love and stability at a difficult time in their lives. We welcome applications from people, whatever their marital status, sexuality, religious or cultural background. People who foster with us can be homeowners or renting, employed or unemployed, retired or on benefits and be with or without children

What is adoption:

Offering a safe and loving home for a lifetime can change a child’s life forever. Just like becoming a parent, adoption has its highs and lows but shaping a child’s future and giving them a second chance is one of the most rewarding journeys you can go on. Adoption is one of the best ways of providing a permanent family for children who, for various reasons, cannot be brought up by their birth parents.

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We welcome applications from people, whatever their marital status, sexuality, religious or cultural background. People who foster with us can be homeowners or renting, employed or unemployed, retired or on benefits and be with or without children.

To become a foster carer you’ll need to:

  • be over 21 years of age, however there is no upper age limit
  • be a permanent resident in the UK
  • ensure that everyone in your household is committed to fostering
  • be in good physical, mental and emotional health
  • be a non-smoker if you want to foster a child under the age of five
  • have a spare room in your house to accommodate a child
  • have lived with your partner, if you are a couple, for a reasonable period of time
  • not have committed a serious offence
  • be prepared to cope with potentially challenging behaviour and uncertainty about how the child may develop, as well as help the child come to terms with any issues they might have
  • demonstrate a suitable work-life balance, and that you’ll have the time and emotional support to meet the needs of a child
  • work as part of a team, with social workers, teachers and other professionals
  • be able to work with parents and other family members, as many children return home to their families
  • be prepared to help those children, who are unable to go home, move on to adoptive parents.

To become a Foster Career or Adoption please follow the link below.

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