A life-changing, rewarding experience for you and the child
Making the decision to foster a child is a huge commitment, but one which can be deeply rewarding. Foster carers take on the responsibility of looking after a child who has been separated from their birth parents or family, often due to being exposed to some form of abuse, neglect, bereavement or loss. As a result, children in the care system are particularly vulnerable.
It’s up to the foster carer to make their foster child feel safe and secure and help them develop and learn in a safe environment. In doing so you are helping some of the most disadvantaged children reach their potential. It’s a fantastic opportunity, and if you have a big heart, like children and have a spare room, you are probably eligible to be considered as a foster carer.
A national shortage
The fostering community in the UK is huge, with around 68,793* children currently living in a foster family. However, there is still a major shortage. Thousands more foster families are needed to fill the gap, and you might be able to help!
* The Fostering Network – 2019
Give back to your local area
There are children and young people in the care system all around the UK. Regardless of where you live, choosing to foster is a fantastic way to give back to your area, and provide a home for a disadvantaged child.
Providing a safe environment for a child who needs it
When a child has come from turbulent conditions at home in the past, it’s vital to create the right environment in their new home. As a foster carer, you are responsible for providing the warmth, security, and stability a young person needs to learn and develop.
Our whole team is dedicated to the wellbeing of our foster children, and it’s a collective effort to help them feel supported and cared for as much as possible.
“I was in a bad place before. The care and love I receive from my foster parents literally saved my life.”
Hannah (17) from Chesham