Becoming a foster carer in Scotland

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We’ve been finding loving foster parents to improve Scottish children’s lives for decades. Could you join them and help make a difference to the 800 young people across Scotland in need of a loving and supportive home?

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Children across Scotland need your help – could you open your heart and home to a young person in need? If the answer’s yes, we’re here to help you make that all-important first step into becoming a foster carer in Scotland.

From a 24-hour fostering advice line to dedicated training venues, fostering in Scotland with the NFA means you’ll always get the help and support you need. We’re proud to work with a close-knit community of foster families from across Scotland, and our team of regional experts are always on hand to welcome new foster carers into the fold.

Free to chat about fostering in Scotland? Call and speak to one of our Fostering Advisor Team, on 0800 044 3030, and they’ll be happy to answer any questions you have about the process. Alternatively, pass your details to us via the contact form and we’ll call you back at a time that suits. 

Talk to us today by filling out our contact form. We’ll give you a call, answer any questions you have and go from there.

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Where we are

Whether you’re planning on fostering in Glasgow, Aberdeen or somewhere in between, we can help you start your foster family. Our headquarters are in the heart of Grangemouth, but we work with most local authorities in Scotland and have dedicated training venues and support group centres across the country – so a helping hand is never far away.

Elspeth, our local training coordinator, travels throughout Scotland to give you the skills you need, and our local social workers can be on your doorstep 24/7. Whether you’re looking to boost your skills with specialist learning courses or simply want someone to chat with, help, advice and a friendly face are but a phone call away.

Use the map to find local foster care services in your area or call our team now on 0800 044 3030 for more information on where to find us.

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Are you fostering material?

One of the best things about fostering in Scotland is that anyone can do it, regardless of their cultural background, beliefs and qualifications. So long as you’re compassionate, understanding and have a bedroom to spare, you could make the perfect foster carer for a child in need.

Want to find out if you’re the right fit for fostering? Take our quick quiz to check your compatibility. 

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You’re not quite ready yet

It sounds like you’ve got the love to give and the time to spare. So we’d love to invite you to start your journey as a foster carer with us.

You need to be able to answer ‘yes’ to all the questions in our quiz to become a foster carer. Get in touch for some friendly advice about making the necessary changes to start your journey with us

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What would you like to know?

We get that you must have a lot of questions about becoming a foster carer in Scotland. No matter your query, we’re here to help, so call us on 0800 044 3840 or find the answer to your question in our FAQ below.

What’s it like to be a foster family?

Find out what it’s like to change a life through fostering by reading the true stories of people who’ve already done it. From Scotland and the rest of the UK, they really make us proud.

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Kevin's story

When Kevin first came into my life, he changed me forever, and I like to think I changed him too.

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David's Story

My husband Mike and I currently foster a 17-year-old unaccompanied asylum seeking young person called David.

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Laura's story

Laura came to us straight from hospital as a 2-year-old who was the size of a 3-month old baby due to severe neglect.

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