Although it is not a necessity, childcare experience can be an advantage if you are looking to foster.
This will put you in good stead for tackling any issues that may arise with the child placed in your care. However, you do not necessarily have to have children of your own, you might just have experience through family, your job or community work.
If you do have children of your own their needs should be considered when deciding on the type of fostering and age of child you would be suitable for. Fostering is not just a decision for the carers as it will also impact anyone else who is living within the household.
Foster carers need to be flexible in their approach to foster children and have an awareness that they may come from a troubled family, or have experienced abuse or neglect. It is therefore essential that a foster carer is non-judgemental about the child or their background. A foster carer must possess a positive attitude to diversity and appreciate the difference in situations they have been used to with their own children.