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. 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?

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

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