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.