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Could I foster?

Can you show that you care?

Have you space for someone else in your home? Do you have motivation, determination, commitment, patience, a sense of humour and stickability?
Yes? Then read on...

How do I know if I’m the right person to do it?

You’ve shown an interest and that’s a start! The most important factor is that you must like children and young people. After that you need at least some of the following qualities:

  • Stamina
  • Resilience
  • A good sense of humour
  • Warmth
  • Patience
  • Being able to forgive and move on.
  • Understanding
  • Commitment
  • Motivation
  • A willingness to learn
  • Good communication skills
  • An ability to work as part of a team.

What do I need to be able to offer?

Time! Our children and young people need someone to be there for them. It is a full time job and you will need to make that commitment.

A spare bedroom. All our children and young people must have their own bedroom unless they are same sex siblings who want (and are able to share) or small children under 3 years.

Your home must be safe, clean and hygienic.

You need a good support network. Beta will give you professional and emotional support but you will need friends or family around you who can help out in times of difficulty and babysit etc.

You might be wondering...

If I foster, can I still smoke in my house?
No, for the health and safety of the child or young person it is illegal for anyone to smoke in the house of a foster carer
What happens in the assessment process?
An assessing Social Worker will work with you to build a report of your parenting skills, background, family and networks. This will provide evidence of how you are likely to manage as s Foster Carer.
How do I become a foster carer?
Have a look at our page Journey to Fostering Page.
How long does it take to become a foster carer?
The length of the application process varies from person to person. On average, it takes around 4 – 6 months to complete your assessment and be approved as a foster carer.