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Foster for Bucks

4. Who can foster?

People from a variety of different backgrounds can become foster carers and we will work with you to give you all the support and training you need.

The one thing all foster carers have in common is that they enjoy the company of children and are truly committed to helping them have the start in life they deserve.   

All enquiries are considered, you can be:

  • single – male or female, married, living as a couple, same sex couple, divorced or widowed
  • with or without children
  • of any religious faith or none
  • of any cultural background
  • homeowners or renting
  • employed, retired or on benefits
  • with or without qualifications or experience with children

To become a foster carer you simply need:

  • a spare room, for the exclusive use of any foster child
  • to be 21 years of age or more (there is no upper age limit)
  • to enjoy the company of children and young people
  • sufficient time to care for a child or young person
  • qualities including energy and enthusiasm, understanding and patience and a sense of humour

What age do you have to be to foster?

There are no age limits for fostering. You need to be mature enough to work with the complex problems that foster children may have.

  • To foster children under 12, you need to be 21 years or over.
  • To care for teenagers, you need to be at least 25 years.
  • If you are over 65 years, as long as you are fit and healthy you can be considered.

Can I combine other work with fostering?

Foster carers can work whilst fostering, however, you will need to be available to care for children, including taking them to school, attending meetings and other appointments.

  • For pre-school age children, you need to be able to fully commit to fostering during the day and one carer will need to be available at all times.
  • For those children aged 5 – 18 years, you can work part time but you need to be flexible to allow you to respond to the child’s needs and be able to act in an emergency.

Fostering is both challenging and rewarding and we will work closely with you to be sure that fostering is right for you. We will explore what you can bring to foster care and, hopefully, match you with a child or children who will gain the most from your care.

Recommend a Friend

Do you have a friend, colleague or family member who you think would make a great foster carer?

Why not talk to them and ask them to get in touch with us?

When they contact us and let us know that you recommended them, we will record your name against their application. If they go on to become an approved foster carer and start to foster with us, you will receive £1,000 as a thank you for your recommendation.*

To find out more contact our First Step team on 0800 160 1900 or email: firststep@buckscc.gov.uk

*Please note terms and conditions apply. Verification may be required.

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Last updated: 7 December 2017

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