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Who can foster?

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You may apply to foster for New Routes:

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  • Whatever your marital status
  • Whatever your sexual orientation
  • Whatever your religious / cultural or ethnic background
  • Whether you have a disability or medical condition – provided it is stable and does not affect your ability to care for a child or young person
  • Even if you already have children of your own – provided your children are happy to accept a foster child or young person into your home
  • Whether or not you work – there are different types of foster care to suit a wide range of employment circumstances
  • Whether you are retired – provided you are healthy and have plenty of energy to help children or young people for a reasonable period into the future
  • Whether your own childhood was difficult – provided you have been able to reflect on the experience and can now use this in a positive way to help children or young people

It is essential that:

  • You enjoy the company of children and young people
  • Each child or young person has their own bed in your home
  • If you are considering fostering children under five years of age that you are home based or if a couple one of you is
  • If you smoke then we will not place any children under the age of five years and no smoking takes place in the home
  • You do not have a police record for violence or sexual offences 
  • You attend regular training courses designed to help foster carers in the important work that they do both before and after approval
  • You are available to meet with all the people involved in the child or young person’s life

We welcome enquiries irrespective of your race, religion, language, culture, gender, disability, age or sexual orientation.