“Foster care gives our life a purpose. We really enjoy looking after children and all the activities that go with it."

- B&NES foster carer

Do you enjoy spending time with children?

Are you flexible?

Can you provide a stable home environment for as long as it’s needed? 

Do you have a good support network around you?

Are you open to learning about other cultures, lifestyles and faiths?

Can you work with professionals as part of a team?

If you answered yes to these questions,

fostering could be right for you!

What is foster care?

Foster care is when a child is cared for by a person or persons who are not members of their own birth family.

The foster child or children will in most cases live with their foster carers full time but the length of their stay is dependent on their individual circumstances.

“Foster care means : being able to provide a loving nurturing home to a child/children, to enable them to grow as other fortunate children can.”

- B&NES foster carer

Who can be a foster carer?

Foster carers come from all walks of life and backgrounds. Their common link is a genuine commitment to caring for children who they help by sharing their lives and home.

Anyone who feels they have something to offer children can apply. There are no age limits and it doesn’t matter whether you’re single, married, living as a couple or in a same sex relationship. 
Foster carers are needed from all ethnic origins as children often do best in families that can reflect their own culture, language and religion. 
Disability needn’t be a barrier to fostering – but the task can be demanding, so you will need to be reasonably fit, both physically and emotionally. 
To foster, all you need is a spare room in your home and plenty of time, patience, energy and love.

“Foster care is demanding but fun and fulfilling. …It does mean certain sacrifices but given our family support, it’s really worth it.”

- B&NES carer

Different types of foster care 

How to foster: in six steps 

Foster schemes 

Children of Foster Carers

Fostering FAQs


For more inforamtion please feel free to download our guide on fostering or email us at : fostering@bathnes.gov.uk

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