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Foster Care

Foster care provides a safe family environment for children who cannot, for lots of different reasons, live with their own families. Here we set out exactly what foster carers do and how to become one.

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About Foster Care

Fostering means accepting a child as part of your family when they have to be away from their own. It could be for a night, a month, a year or several years. At the heart of any foster placement is a dedication to make a difference – to change the course of a child’s life.

Foster care regulation

To become a foster carer you will be assessed by a social worker and approved as a foster carer with your local authority or fostering agency. There are many different types of fostering and the role is categorised for tax purposes as self-employed.

Explore the different foster caring opportunities

As a long-term foster carer you will be matched with the right foster child for as long as they need you.

As a Short-term Foster Carer you will provide care for the child and work with the fostering team on the journey to securing the long-term ‘permanence’ plan for the child or young person.

Explore some of roles within the fostering service

As a Fostering Support Worker you are responsible for the kinship of foster carer’s connections with all their connected persons.

As a Supervising Social Worker, you will be the main link between the foster carer and the fostering service.

Find a job in care

If you’re thinking of a career in care, take a look at our jobs portal to get an idea of the type of roles available.