What to expect

Fostering may be the greatest challenge you ever undertake. It could also be the most rewarding.

There is no ‘typical’ or ‘ideal’ foster carer. We need people from all walks of life, all cultures and religions so that we can place children and young people, where possible, with foster carers that reflect and understand their background. Families, couples, single people and people from the LGBT community are all eligible to be foster carers.

What we ask is that you have a spare bedroom, and most importantly, a genuine desire to understand and support the children and young people we place in your care. Sometimes it can take time to build a relationship with a foster child, particularly if they feel let down by the other adults in their life. There will be times when they are angry, upset, withdrawn or simply misbehave; and times when they need your affection and encouragement to cope with painful memories. You’ll need to be patient and very resilient.