We need foster carers from all backgrounds and walks of life!
They can be:
- Individuals, couples or part of a family
- Part-time or full-time workers or those at home full-time
- Culturally, religiously and ethnically diverse, male or female who come from a range of age groups
- People who have children living at home, a grown-up family or have never had children
You just need to be 21 or over and have a spare room. All you need to do is care.
What does becoming a foster carer involve?
Foster carers just need to provide a safe, nurturing living environment for kids.
They need to be prepared to understand why kids in their care behave in certain ways and to be patient in dealing with their needs. It’s important to have an acceptance of individual diversity and difference.
Foster carers are part of a care team, which is a group of people who share the parenting responsibilities for a child or young person while they are living away from their biological family.
The care team usually involves biological parents, the foster carer, foster care placement workers, child protection representatives and other health professionals who work together on the best options for the support and care of the child or young person.