You can be a foster carer regardless of whether you:

  • are single, married or unmarried
  • are heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender
  • are disabled or able-bodied
  • are employed or receiving benefits
  • have had your own children or not
  • are a home owner or renting, but you must have a spare bedroom
  • are from any ethnic or religious background

There is no upper age limit and we consider each application on an individual basis.

Who cannot foster?

You cannot foster a child if you have any criminal cautions or convictions for:

  • offences against children
  • sexual offences against adults

You cannot foster a child under the age of five if you smoke, including e-cigarettes.