There's no typical profile of a foster carer. We want to
recruit a diverse range of foster carers regardless of sexuality,
ethnicity, religion or marital status.
We've worked with a wide range of people, providing homes for
children with heterosexual couples, same sex couples, families who
already have children and single foster carers.
We particularly need foster carers who could consider
fostering children of high school age, brothers and sisters so they
can remain together, children with complex emotional and
behavioural needs and foster carers who can offer a placement
to a young parent and child.
There are few restrictions but basically you must:
- Have a spare bedroom in your home.
- Be over 21.
What skills and qualities does a foster carer need?
We are committed to finding the right match for all our children
and families. Like any parent, as a foster carer you'll provide a
safe loving and secure home for a child. You'll need patience,
tolerance and energy.
Foster carers require a high level of resilience and
commitment. A sense of fun and an ability to handle difficult
situations will also help.
You'll need to have good communications skills to work in
partnership with other professionals, and advocate for the
child where necessary.