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With so many vulnerable children in the care system, there is a huge need for foster carers in the UK. Foster carers can positively impact the lives of young people, giving them the safe environment, confidence and support needed to smoothly transition into adulthood. 

If you are interested in becoming a foster carer but are unsure as to whether you fulfil the essential criteria and requirements, then Fostering UK can give you a more detailed insight into who can become a foster carer. Fostering UK has collated some points that outline some of the criteria that an individual must meet to become a foster carer. 

Who is Eligible to Become a Foster Carer in the UK?

Here in the UK, there are a few criteria that you need to pass to be allowed to provide foster care. These include; having a spare bedroom free in your home, being a full-time UK resident or having legitimate rights to remain in the country, and having sufficient time to provide care and support for a young person. Alongside this, foster carers also need to be the right type of person. Foster care is demanding, requires a lot of patience and kindness, as well as unconditional commitment. 

So, foster carers need to be fully devoted to what they do, be understanding and compassionate, and be kind. As you will be caring for another person, your own personal health and experience are also important. Foster care agencies need to be confident that you are capable of looking after a child, whether you have any previous experience and if you are suited to the role.

You must be at least 21 years old to become a foster carer. Whilst there is no upper age limit, any foster carer will need to have the adequate health, energy, dedication and physical ability to care for a child. Foster care is something that requires your total devotion and engagement; so this is something to factor into your final decision. 

At Fostering UK, we also encourage and recommend members of the LGBT community to put themselves forward for fostering. Sexual orientation and gender are absolutely no barrier to becoming a foster carer; all you need to be is a loving, empathetic and caring person. 

How Can Fostering UK Support you?

When it comes to fostering a vulnerable child, it is vital that you locate a reputable foster care agency that you can trust. Here at Fostering UK, we can provide you with a first-class foster experience that makes the process as smooth, straightforward and stress-free as possible. We were 2021 finalists in The National Children & Young People Awards, so you can have peace of mind that you are working with a leading foster care agency, with you and your foster child’s best interests at heart. The personal needs of you, your wider family and your foster child are the biggest priority for us, and we’ll endeavour to do everything we can to make sure that you feel suitably supported and assisted throughout the process. 

We’ll be at your side, guiding you and ensuring that you and your foster child get the most out of the experience. To enquire about our foster care services, please call us today on 0333 044 8890. We can answer any questions you have, provide you with further information about our foster care services and help you throughout the process. 

You can also message us by using the online form on our website, or by emailing us at info@fosteringuk.org.uk. We’ll get back to you as quickly as possible. To learn more about our foster care, take a visit to the Fostering UK website today.  

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