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People Who Foster

No, you do not need to be a parent to become a foster carer. It is however beneficial to have some experience with children prior to fostering, which could be gained through the following;

  • Employment for example, in childcare, education or healthcare
  • Voluntary work for example, local children’s group
  • Your personal life either as a parent yourself, caring for nieces or nephews, or even regular childminding duties for friends

As part of your assessment process, we will be looking for you to be able to demonstrate that you’re comfortable being around children and that you know how to meet their needs.

If you have limited experience with children, you should not be discouraged as during the assessment process and following your approval you will be able to access training and ongoing support from your supervising social worker to guide you in order to enhance your knowledge and understanding. It is always best that you get in touch with us, so we can advise you on your personal circumstances.

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