Thinking about fostering?

If you’re thinking about fostering children, you probably have a lot of questions. Are you suitable? How can you apply? What financial support will you get? How can you access training? Here’s what you need to know.

What is fostering?

Fostering is looking after babies, children and young people who are in need of a safe, stable family environment.

Who can foster?

Single, married, under 30, over 50, homeowner, tenant… your ability to care for and nurture a child is what matters most.

Could you be an approved foster carer within 2 months?

Becoming a foster carer

Discover more about how we help you during the application process and continue this support as you become an approved foster carer.

  1. Talk to us
  2. Home visit
  3. Application form
  4. Collaborative assessment
  5. Skills to Foster training
  6. Panel meeting
  7. Your first child

Spare rooms and fostering

You’ll need to be able to give your foster child a room that will be their bedroom, which is for their use only.

Why foster?

Enriching and rewarding, fostering changes the lives of carers and their families, as well as the young people in their care.

Foster carer or foster parent?

Some carers prefer ‘foster carer’, while others prefer ‘foster parent’. Is there a difference?

Types of foster care

We offer several types of fostering, which are designed to suit the needs of children, including short term and long term.

How to choose a foster agency

Here’s a checklist to help you explore and understand the topics around choosing the independent foster agency that’s right for you.

Foster agencies and local authorities

Here’s a comparison of independent fostering agencies and local authorities to help you decide who you want to sign up with.

Start your fostering journey with National Fostering Group

  • We have fostering agencies all across the UK
  • Over 3,000 carers already part of our family
  • Benefit from our local support groups and social workers