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Can I become a Foster Carer?

Yes, you probably can!

Channel Fostercare would like to speak with you about how we can help you become a Foster Carer.

There is a desperate need for Foster Carers and we will support you in many ways to enable you to make a difference to a child or young person’s life.

Many people think that there is a reason they cannot foster; for example, they don’t drive or are single. At Channel Fostercare we look positively at everyone who contacts us.

A family who fosters will need a spare bedroom for a child or young person and certain serious offences may bar a person from fostering however minor offences do not.

Foster Carers come from all walks of life, see below;

  • Couples; married, unmarried or same gender
  • Single people; males and females
  • With or without your own children
  • Employed, unemployed or self-employed
  • Home owners; Private or Local Authority Tenants; house or flat
  • Diverse cultures
  • With or without a faith/religion
  • People whose primary language may not be English
  • Over 21 years of age
  • Professional or manual worker

We need people who understand this is not a traditional ‘job’ and commitment is essential.  You need to be able to listen. People who have the time to listen to a child or young person without making judgement, make very good Foster Carers.

We would need one person in the household to be able to prioritise the needs of the fostered child and have an ability to be flexible within a team.

We need you to be able to be guided by the Agency, attend training and learn from their knowledge and experiences.