Who can foster?

Who can foster

Foster Cares come from all walks of life. Maybe you are considering a change of profession, want a new challenge, or have just decided that it’s time to use your skills and experience to make a difference that will really count for children and young people. Whatever your reasons, we want to hear from you.

We ask that you:

  • Are 21 or over
  • Be patient, empathetic and resilient
  • Have a spare bedroom in your home
  • Demonstrate you are a full-time resident in the UK or have leave to remain

We urgently need to hear from people who can provide loving foster homes for:

  • Older children and young people
  • Sibling groups of brothers and sisters
  • Children with complex needs and disabilities

Our communities in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are multicultural so our fostering community needs to reflect the diverse needs of the children we look after. If you are interested in fostering as a career, we want to hear from you, whatever your background.

We will support you on your journey, and make sure that it is right for you and our young people. Can you:

  • Provide a safe and loving home for children and young people to heal from?
  • Be patient, empathetic and resilient.
  • Support children and young people to thrive and reach their full potential?
  • Attend training which will help you to develop your skills such as Skills to Foster?
  • Work with and alongside other professionals to developed and support children and young people?
  • Demonstrate experience through previous employment, voluntary work, or personal experience?

If this sounds like you then make an enquiry with us today

In this video, our staff tell you more about the myths to fostering and encourage you to apply

Myths about fostering

Fostering is a hugely rewarding, but there are lots of myths surrounding the role which can stop people from making an enquiry. Here are some myths, busted:

“I’m not the sort of person who can foster a child.”

There are lots of different types of fostering to suit people from a range of age groups and backgrounds. We have Foster Carers who are retired, living in rented accommodation and people who were unemployed.

“I can’t foster if I work full time”

If you work full time, this is not necessarily a barrier. Some of the ways you can foster means that you can continue to work as well, such as offering overnight care for children with disabilities or respite care when it is needed.

“I can’t afford to foster a child”

As a Foster Carer, you will receive a weekly payment which is based on both the age of the child you foster and your level of skill and experience.

“Becoming a Foster Carer is too difficult for me”

There are Six Steps to Fostering when you join the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fostering Service. Becoming a Foster Carer normally takes four months, but we will be there to support you.

It doesn’t matter if you:

  • Are single, married or living with a partner
  • Have children of your own
  • Work or are retired
  • Identify as LGBTQ+
  • Can’t drive, as long as you have access to public transport
  • Have pets in your home
  • Have a disability or impairment
  • Don't have any qualifications, but you do need to have experience of looking after or working with children, either through being a parent yourself or through paid or voluntary work
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Fostering has changed our lives and we have never looked back we recommend it to everyone. Peterborough Foster Carer.

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In this video Valerie tells you about how she prepares when children come and stay with her.

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