Becoming a Parents for Children foster carer

This is a picture of three boys in the park with mum. Being a foster carer means getting involved in many aspects of caring for a child and there are lots of different people who have the ability to become good foster carers.

You don't need to be an experienced foster carer because Parents for Children will work with you to offer training, advice and support, before your first foster child is placed with you and on an ongoing basis.

Do I have to be married?

You don't have to be married to become a foster carer. We have carers who are married, single, divorced and cohabiting; and gay men and lesbians can also apply to become Parents for Children foster carers.

What if I don't have children?

You may already have children of your own, either living with you or who have grown up and left home, or you may have no children.

I think I'm too old

There is no upper or lower age limit for fostering, but we like our carers to be mature enough to work with the complex problems that children needing fostering are likely to have, and to be fit enough to perform this very demanding task.

I don't own my own house

You don't have to own your own home or be in full-time work to apply and we welcome applications from people from a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds.

Here is a picure of a mother with her daughter in her arms. So you can see that there are lots of different people who become Parents for Children foster carers, and we welcome all enquiries. There are, however, a few practical things that we look for in a prospective carer. We'd appreciate it if you would take a little time to read through our quick checklist before contacting us.

If after reading the information on our website you're still a little bit apprehensive about taking the next step and contacting us, please remember that we're always happy to answer your questions. You can register your interest online, email us at [email protected] or call 020 7520 2881/5 and ask for advice about becoming a foster carer.

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