How can I become a foster carer?

Many people can become foster carers:

  • To become a foster parent or carer, you can be married, co-habiting, single or divorced. 
  • Couples will need to arrange their working hours so that one carer can be available full time.
  • Single foster carers will need to be at home full-time, or have flexible, part-time employment.
  • You may be a home owner or a tenant.
  • You will need a bedroom for the exclusive use of the foster child.
  • We welcome applications from all ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds.

How am I financially affected?

In becoming a foster carer, there are financial aspects to consider:

  • You will receive a fostering allowance when a child is in your care.
  • You may be exempt from tax on the allowance.
  • You must register as self-employed and pay NI contributions.
  • You may be entitled to Working Tax Credit.

NFA for foster carers

Good foster parents provide a safe, secure and nurturing family environment, allowing foster children to stay in touch with their families whenever possible.

After the great success of the nationwide Carer Consultation Meetings, we will announce more dates at a later stage.






What's involved?

To become a foster parent, you need to be available full time and have:

  • The time and energy to invest in a child or young person
  • Flexibility, patience and understanding
  • A bedroom for the exclusive use of the foster child

There are three ways to apply to become a foster carer:

  1. Call 0845 200 4040 
  2. Request a callback (use the button on right hand side)
  3. Register online

What is it like being a foster carer?

Discover what it’s like to be a foster carer - read first-hand accounts from some of our amazing foster parents.

Meet Mark

Mark is Ben’s foster parent. Ben has ADHD

Meet Claire

Claire is currently looking after four foster children - including a four month old baby

Find out more about becoming a foster carer.

Submit your details and we'll be in touch.


Welcome to Reward Club, your online foster carer referral scheme.

Come and meet us

Our next event is at

Find an event near you