Become a Foster Carer

Deciding to become a Foster Parent can be a big decision for anyone and can often be life-changing. Here at The CFT we want our prospective Foster Carers to feel that they have all the information they need to make the best decision for them, before beginning the assessment process.

The right role for you

Anyone can apply to become a Foster Carer as long as they have what it takes to care for children separated from their own families. There is no upper age limit in Fostering however you will need to be at least 21 years old and have a spare bedroom available for a foster child/children. The children and young people in our care come from all different backgrounds and walks of life, so it makes sense that we need families from an equally wide range of cultures, lifestyles and locations right across the UK to join us. We welcome applicants from all walks of life and backgrounds.

The fostering role can often be quite a demanding one so we also need to make sure that our Foster Carers are reasonably fit, healthy and emotionally available to be able to respond to the needs of a child. When recruiting Foster Carers we look for applicants who are warm, friendly, robust, resilient and able to provide a stable, loving and secure home.

There are many misconceptions when it comes to Fostering and we are frequently finding that some people think that their ‘situation’ rules them out of applying to become a Foster Parent. If you have a concern that you feel may affect your ability to foster, you may be able to find your answer by visiting our FAQ’s or alternatively you can contact us, where one of our friendly team will be happy to speak with you in the strictest of confidence.

Your Journey

No two fostering journeys are exactly the same, as no two children are exactly the same. Once you are approved to become a Foster Parent we will take careful consideration to any children we ‘match’ with you and place with you in your home. Do remember that everyone in your home (even your pets) with be part of the journey. If you have your own children for example, they need to play a big part in your decision to foster. After all, they’ll be sharing their home, their parents, their belongings and their lives. Fostering can be a valuable learning experience for them, as they form strong bonds and lifelong friendships with their new family member. It can be a sad time for them when a placement ends, but it doesn’t mean the end of the relationship. Families often keep in touch with their foster children long after their placement.

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The Next Steps

You can find out more information about Fostering for us and The Assessment Process by clicking on the links below. Alternatively, if you’ve already decided that you are ready to make an enquiry, you can do so by contacting us on 0300 111 1945 or by enquiring now.

What is Foster Care?

Find out what Fostering is and learn more about the role of a Foster Carer and the different types of fostering.

Why Choose The CFT?

Ever thought about Fostering? Find out what you can expect as a Foster Carer for The CFT.

The Assessment Process

Each applicant must go through The Assessment Process to Foster. Here you can read more about what this process means for you.