You don't need experience or qualifications to become a foster parent, as our training programme will equip you with all the necessary skills you need to welcome your first child.
While you don't need previous experience to foster a child or young person, we'll explore any relevant skills and experience that may be beneficial as part of your fostering assessment, including:
Experience with children - if you have or have had children of your own, you've got a head start because you understand what it takes to care for them. Equally, it’s good to have experience of working with children - as a teacher for example, or in a voluntary capacity. But while it’s valuable, it’s not essential to your application, so please don’t let a lack of experience with children put you off applying at our fostering agency.
Other work experience - we’re interested in what you’ve done in your life because it’s given you valuable skills, such as understanding people, dealing with problems, making decisions and coping with life’s challenges, all things you’ll need as a foster parent. So whatever your career history – or even if you’ve never worked at all – we don’t mind. It’s your life experiences that matter to us when you apply to be a foster carer.
November 18 2019
“Fostering has had such a positive impact on my life”
Lynette has cared for 34 children in 7 and a half years. Today, she shares her experience as a foster parent.
August 19 2019
“Fostering has given us a new purpose.”
Alan and Annemarie decided to embark on a journey into fostering after having been surrounded by children their whole lives
Ready to start your fostering journey?
One of our team is available to talk to you over the phone to answer any of your fostering queries.
You can get in touch by filling out our online enquiry form with any queries that you may have.
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