Who Can Become a Foster Carer?

All sorts of people can foster, whatever their relationship status, sexual orientation, cultural background or religious beliefs.

Ideal Fostering welcomes carers from all walks of life, including:

  • Single people
  • Couples (married and unmarried)
  • Same-sex couples
  • Homeowners and non-homeowners
  • Employed or un-employed
  • Parents and non-parents


For some, fostering is a decision taken because they feel they have room in their lives for a child, while others may find fostering enhances their existing family. Some of our carers already have experience working with children, while others don’t. In any case, fostering provides the chance to make a huge difference to a child’s life. By far, the most important credentials are your ability to listen, understand, and be able to provide a caring, stable environment for a child or young person.

If you’re considering becoming a foster carer, you’ll need:

  • Enthusiasm, a positive outlook and empathy.
  • A spare room in your home.
  • A flexible approach and willingness to work as a team.
  • Respect for individuality and diversity.
  • Willingness to learn from your own and other people’s experiences and to attend
 regular training.

If you’d like more information about becoming a foster carer, speak to our team.



Ofsted states ...

"The fostering agency recruits a wide range of foster carers, who can meet the diverse needs of children and young people. Carers come from diverse ethnic origins and many are able to offer care to sibling groups and disabled children. The preparation, assessment, support and training of foster carers focus on the needs of children and young people. As a result, carers understand their role and those of the local authority and fostering agency."


Ideal Fostering
Anchor House | 4 Bridgeman Street
Walsall WS2 9NW
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