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.