There's no typical profile of a foster carer. We want to recruit a diverse range of foster carers regardless of sexuality, ethnicity, religion or marital status.
We've worked with a wide range of people - providing homes for children with heterosexual couples, same sex couples, families who already have children and single foster carers.
We particularly need foster carers who will consider fostering children of high school age, brothers and sisters so they can remain together, children with complex emotional and behavioural needs and foster carers who can offer a placement to a young parent and child.
There are few restrictions but basically you must:
- have a spare bedroom in your home
- be over 21
What skills and qualities does a foster carer need?
We're committed to finding the right match for all our children and families. Like any parent, as a foster carer you'll provide a safe loving and secure home for a child. You'll need patience, tolerance, energy and a high level of resilience and commitment. A sense of fun and an ability to handle difficult situations will also help.
You'll need to have good communications skills to work in partnership with other professionals, and advocate for the child where necessary. Find out more in our
What skills do I need to foster YouTube video
Read foster carer's stories in their own words
Find out more about foster carers' responsibilities