Who Can Foster?

There is no such thing as a typical child, and no such thing as a typical foster carer. Our foster carers should come from a variety of backgrounds and bring rich, varied life experiences, skills and qualities so that they are equipped to meet the needs of children in foster care.

Myths About Who Can Foster

Do not be fooled or put off by the myths about who can and cannot foster children. Here are some of the myths our fostering experts come across all the time.

“I can’t foster because I’m single” – this is not true, although as a single foster carer we will want to find out what support you have from family and / or friends

“I can’t foster because I don’t own my home” – home ownership is not critical, but we do make sure that your rental situation is stable and sustainable

“What if I am LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender)?” – your sexuality will not matter, we have approved many LGBT foster carers and often find they have all the attributes of brilliant foster carers.

“I am too old to be a foster carer” – your health is more important than your age – we often find older carers have the experience, patience and understanding that helps our children and young people to thrive.

“My faith will get in the way” – your religion will not be a barrier to becoming a foster carer with us, but you will be expected to show how you can support children of a different faith or those of no faith.

“I don’t have any qualifications” – you do not have to have specific qualifications in working with children, we do offer a comprehensive training programme, including the Skills to Foster course for all carers. If you do have qualifications in working with children, this may mean you entering your fostering career at a more advanced level.

“I’m already in work” – while most of our foster carers are part of our service on a full time basis, there are types of fostering  you can practice alongside other employment.

Becoming A Foster Carer – The Basics

To be a foster carer in Sefton, you will definitely need to make sure of the following:

  • You are at least 21 years of age
  • You have at least one spare bedroom for a child or young person to live in
  • You are a full time resident in the UK
  • You can dedicate the time to care for a child or young person – full time in most cases

There Is More To Becoming A Foster Carer

When you apply to become a foster carer, it is normal for us to want to learn more about you as we want our foster carers to be the right carers for our children. We will also take the following factors into consideration:

  • Your health – whatever your age, you should be fit enough for the demands of fostering, now and in the future.
  • Is your home safe for a child or young person?
  • Will your friends or family support you to be a foster carer?
  • What is your personal history? Do you have criminal convictions? Have you lived abroad?
  • What experience do you have supporting children? In your family life? Through work? When volunteering?

Make An Enquiry

If you’re thinking of fostering, give us a call or use our simple enquiry form.
0800 923 2777

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