Who Can Foster

Being a foster carer takes a special type of commitment. Foster carers need to be flexible. Kind, honest and resilient. You will need to be open to training to enhance your own skills and experiences to provide the best care for every foster child. Foster carers need to understand the range of issues, family situations that children will potentially come from. Many foster children have not had the positive stable family life that most children have and all it takes is a foster carer to provide a safe secure loving home and to see the potential in every child they care for.

Fostering is a full-time job, and you will be expected to attend meetings alongside other professionals which include teachers, social workers, education officers and many other professionals. You will be expected to keep an online journal recording day to day activities and documenting any health appointments or visits the child may have. Foster carers will also need to facilitate contact between the foster child and the foster child’s family. This usually takes place in a Contact Centre which is accessible to both carer and family. Often the foster child’s school will or can be the only stability the child has and therefore for many the school needs to be maintained and as a foster carer you will be responsible for getting the child to and from school. Sometimes a child can move out of area and therefore a change of school closer to the foster carer can happen. It all depends on each individual child, their needs, and their long-term plan.

If you are thinking about becoming a foster carer then we would love to hear from you. We do require you to be over 25 and have a spare room and have the right to live and work in the UK. Being able to drive is also essential. marital status, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, disability, work, and experience are not requirements, we welcome everyone to enquiry about fostering at Hope.