Become a foster carer

Cuppa with a carer

Are you considering fostering but unsure where to start? Why not come along to one of our drop-in sessions to speak to one of our fantastic foster carers about what it's really like to Foster with Bucks?

Drop-in sessions run on Thursdays 10am to 12pm during term time at 1 Walton Grove, Aylesbury, HP21 7SL.
Our foster carers will be available for you to speak to about the realities of fostering and to give you an insight into our fostering community.
No booking needed, just pop along for a coffee and a chat! We hope to see you there.

 

Foster care in Buckinghamshire 

Foster carers provide a caring and safe environment for other people's children. We currently have over 500 children in Buckinghamshire needing a loving home. You could be part of a welcoming, friendly community of foster carers who give them just that.  

Children need foster homes for a variety of reasons. We have children of all ages who need care, but in particular children aged up to the age of 5, teenagers, and sibling groups.

We are a not for profit organisation and welcome foster carers from a variety of backgrounds. You can foster regardless of age, gender, sexuality and marital status.

 

 

Come to a fostering event

Already looking after someone else's child?

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01296 674973
fosterwithbucks@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

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"Our family has got loads out of it. We've opened our hearts and it's been really positive. I'd definitely recommend other people to have a go. For the time they are with you they get something they may not have had before - loving care that stands them in good stead for the next stage of their life." 
- Lee Ann, foster carer

Who can become a foster carer?

There are no barriers to applying to become a foster carer.

For example, you can foster if you are married or single, already have children or are from the LGTB+ community.

You will need:

• a spare room exclusively for the foster child
• to be over 21 years old
• patience, empathy and flexibility in your lifestyle to care for a child

Enquire about fostering

Why foster with Bucks?

  • Our carers are considered first for Buckinghamshire children
  • We offer a generous allowance and expenses for travel, celebrations and school equipment
  • You will receive access to support groups, emergency support and an allocated Social Worker
  • You will have access to over 50 training courses, with a financial reward for completing 5 or more courses a year
  • Direct access to CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) clinicians
  • Your hard work and commitment will be recognised through our annual award scheme
  • We will treat you fairly and respectfully as set out in our Foster Care Charter

Come to a fostering information event

What we offer

Financial support for you

As well as our brilliant training and excellent support, you will receive a generous allowance when caring for a child or young person. 

In addition we offer an allowance for:

  • Birthday and festivals
  • Equipment needed by the child
  • Emergency clothing and school uniform
  • Travel and parking expenses
  • Two weeks paid respite 
  • Additional expenses 

Find out about financial support

Supported lodgings

Supported lodgings provide a young person with a room of their own in a private home. The lodgings are provided by hosts that have a spare room in their home and are willing to provide a safe, supportive environment. The host will assist the young person in gaining skills for an independent adult life in the hope that they can continue this independent living in private or social housing in the future. 

 

Find out more about becoming a host

 

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