We're looking for people who can provide a safe, caring and supportive environment in which children and young people can thrive.
Our foster carers come from a wide range of backgrounds. It doesn't matter if you're married or single, what race or sexual orientation you are, if you own your home or rent, if you work or are unemployed. You need to be aged over 18 and healthy enough to care for a child, with a spare room in your home and no convictions for crimes against children.
We realise that fostering a child or young person is a major decision and requires significant levels of commitment and patience. You'll need a committed and enthusiastic attitude, high levels of energy and a genuine desire to make a positive and lasting difference to the lives of children and young people.
Some child care experience is helpful whether that's working with children or bringing up your own. You'll need to have the time to give a child the support they need, help them keep in contact with their families if appropriate, and to attend training when required. You'll also need a realistic attitude to take on this challenging role and be responsible, flexible and friendly.
Ultimately, you must be able to provide a stable and supportive environment so the child in your care feels happy and safe.
"I feel that my opinion and judgement is respected .........The agency, whilst carrying out its obligations, is not over intrusive." January 2015 (Foster Carer Questionnaire, January 2015)
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