Fostering in Dundee

Children and young people are in need of fostering in Dundee and across eastern and central Scotland. A range of fostering placements are available. We offer excellent free training and ongoing support.

Becoming a foster carer in Dundee

If you’re considering becoming a foster carer, choose a fostering agency with local teams who will be with you every step.

National Fostering Group is the largest independent fostering agency in the UK with superb agency coverage across all areas – meaning you have the support of a team close to you.

One of the most established fostering agencies in your area, we work with local authorities to place children and young people in homes where they can thrive.

As a foster carer with us, you’ll have unparalleled access to professional support and excellent free training. We want you to thrive too, being the best you can be in your role as foster carer.

On top of this, carers who are fostering in Dundee have a large and active peer network that includes more than a dozen local support groups.

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A foster agency near you: NFA Scotland

This team supports foster carers across the whole of Scotland, along with its sister agency for fostering in Glasgow, Fostering Relations. If you’re fostering in Dundee, NFA Scotland has an office in Grangemouth and a hub in Aberdeenshire. The team are enthusiastic and experienced, run a blended training programme and plenty of foster carer events for support and networking.

How much is the fostering allowance in Dundee?

Our average foster carer pay is around £24,500 a year (£2,040 on average per month), which is far higher than the government’s recommended weekly allowance. For most foster carers in Dundee, this will be tax free! Some types of fostering placement pay more than £35,000 a year. Foster carer pay doesn’t affect state benefits you’re currently receiving.

The training is great. We have the option to do face to face or online, which is useful as I work full time along side fostering, so I know I can always fit the training in to my schedule.

Peter, foster carer

Fostering in Dundee: getting started

If you think you’d like to become a foster carer in Dundee, your next step is to have a chat. You can book a call by using our enquiry form. After this, if you decide to go ahead with an application, this usually takes around 16 weeks and we’ll help you every step of the way. We’ll help you decide what types of fostering you want to do and we’ll even get you started with foster carer training.

Can I foster in Dundee?

We are looking for foster carers in Dundee. We welcome people from ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds, physical abilities and the LGBT+ community. You can be single, married, a homeowner or a tenant. Your ability to care for and nurture a child is what really matters. If you’ve worked in sectors like education, the emergency services, care or healthcare, you’ll be especially suited to this role.

The best part of my role is seeing the foster carers who to begin with, may lack confidence or feel they are not doing things quite right, blossom into fostering experts. Seeing the bonds develop between the children and foster families makes everything we do, worth it.

Shirley, supervising social worker

Fostering agencies in Dundee

  • Established for more than two decades, National Fostering Group has teams (agencies) across the UK
  • Our lead fostering agencies in Scotland are located in Grangemouth, serving all central Scotland areas including Dundee and Aberdeen
  • Our foster carers in Dundee and the surrounding areas have access to eight foster parent support groups
  • Our two team offices support you 24/7 and work closely with most local authorities in Scotland
  • You will receive a generous fostering allowance for a child in your care
  • People from all walks of life are suitable to become a foster parent
  • Many types of fostering are available in Dundee, including emergency and long-term placements
  • You’ll get excellent free training on different aspects of fostering at a local venue

Fostering in Dundee and Scotland

Many children and young people are in foster care or awaiting a foster parent in Dundee and across central Scotland. NFA Scotland has local offices in Grangemouth and Aberdeen that serve Perth, Kirkcaldy, Edinburgh, Gretna Green, Dumfries, Glasgow, Paisley, Dunfermline and Aberdeen.

UK fostering

Our foster carers come from all walks of life. With training, support and a generous fostering allowance, they provide homes where children can thrive and experience the childhood they deserve.

More than 9,000 new foster carers are needed UK-wide to provide homes for children in need of a foster family. If you’re thinking of becoming a foster carer, now’s the time.

Source: The Fostering Network

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