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Become a foster carer

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.

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 welcome foster carers from a variety of backgrounds. You can foster regardless of age, gender, sexuality and marital status.

Come to a fostering event

0800 160 1900
fosterwithbucks@buckscc.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?

You can foster if you:

  • have a spare room exclusively for the foster child
  • are over 21
  • want to make a real difference to a child's life
  • are married or single
  • have your own children
  • are from the LGBT+ community
  • have 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 placements
  • 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

Why I foster

Financial support

As well as our brilliant training and excellent support, you will receive a generous allowance when caring for a child or young person. The amount you will receive will depend on the age of the child you are looking after and any special needs they may have.

Find out about financial support

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