Fostering requirements UK

What do you need to become a foster carer?

Almost anyone can apply to become a foster parent – you just need a passion for wanting to change a child’s life. However, there are some mandatory elements to fostering which we have listed below.

We require you to:
1. Be over the age of 21
2. Have a spare bedroom that a young person can have to themselves
3. Be a British citizen, or have indefinite leave to remain
4. Be patient, committed, understanding and resilient

You can be:
1. Single, married or divorced
2. Male or female
3. A parent with young children, with grown up children or no children
4. A single parent
5. In a same sex relationship
6. Employed or unemployed

Can I work and foster?

In most cases, we ask that one foster carer in a family performs the role full-time and has no other employment. However, depending on the type of placement, there may be some opportunities for you to work in a flexible or part-time capacity.

We always encourage you to have a chat with our friendly advisors, who will be able to discuss your personal situation and availability to care for a child in care.

Am I too old to foster?

We have foster carers of all ages – some of our carers continue to foster well into their seventies. You do need a certain level of fitness and energy to perform daily activities, like picking a child up from school or playing games. But providing you can do these, age is no barrier to being an excellent foster carer.

I’m a divorced/single person – can I still foster?

Absolutely – we work with a wide range of brilliant male and female foster carers who are single. Plus, with Orange Grover Fostercare, you’ll have a local team of professionals to support you provide the best care to children and young people.

Alongside your supervising social worker, you’ll also benefit from a family support worker, who works closely with our foster families to ensure an enjoyable and rewarding fostering experience. This includes arranging family fun days and carer forums, so you stay connected to your local Orange Grove family.