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Who can foster?

Most people can foster. Fostering can fit flexibly around you, your family and your career. Fostering is an inclusive role - you don't need any specific qualifications to start with. Training is provided before you start and continues once you're approved.

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Different types of foster carer are needed. You can be a foster carer if you: 

  • Are over 21 (there is no upper age limit)
  • Have a spare bedroom (not always necessary if you foster babies)
  • Have one weekend a month to give (for respite careing roles)
  • Can be available if a school-age child is off sick from school