Fostering Services

Can I Foster If I'm Not a Parent?

Being a parent already will obviously help a great deal when it comes to fostering as you'll have first-hand experience and knowledge bringing up a child (or children) but it is not imperative.

 

As long as you have experience of looking after children or young people and are interested and enthusiastic about childcare whilst also willing to learn then that's really all that matters.

 

We'll be there to guide and support you all the way, all we ask is that you're able to build good relationships with children and others around you, can see the potential and 'good' in every child, are reliable and resilient and can offer a secure, loving and caring home for a foster child.

 

Can I foster if I'm not married?

 

You are not required to be married or even if a relationship if you would like to foster with us. Whether you're single, living with a partner, married, divorced or seperated we consider all situations and look at your application on an individual basis. If you've only been in a relationship for a short period of time where you live together, we suggest that you've been living together for at least 18 months before you start the fostering process, as it can have quite an impact on your home life. We just want to make sure everyone living in your household feels happy and settled.

 

For more information or advice, contact us here, or call 0800 644 6230.

 

 

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Fostering Office Locations

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The By the Bridge with Cambian fostering offices are countryside locations, carefully chosen and decorated with bright colours, pictures and plants so that everyone experiences a sense of care, value and ‘a homely’ feel when they come to work or visit.

We aim to create an environment where people feel valued and can grow, develop and achieve their goals.

Foster Parent Suitability Questionnaire

Some basics to become a foster parent

Here are a few questions to help you discover whether fostering is right for you and what we need from our foster parents.

1. I have a spare bedroom for a foster child

2. I will be available to care for a child full time

3. I am over 25 years old

4. I have a stable, positive home to offer a child

5. I am a patient, resilient and understanding person

Foster Parent Suitability Questionnaire

Becoming a professional foster parent

We regard fostering as a profession. Therefore we'll treat you as a professional - we'll provide great pay, support and training. In return we expect our foster parents to provide a high standard of care for our children. 

I want a professional career in fostering and am happy to undertake ongoing training

Foster Parent Suitability Questionnaire

The challenges of fostering

Fostering is life changing and rewarding work. It can also be challenging at times but our foster parents tell stories of the great satisfaction they gain with our expert support. 

I understand that some children in fostering may have challenging behaviour due to the experiences they may have had

Foster Parent Suitability Questionnaire

Working as part of a team

As a foster parent we require you to work as part of the By the Bridge team but also with social workers, teachers and health workers to help support the child.

I am able to talk and listen to young people, aswell as working part of a team to help support them