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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.

Why foster?

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

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

Who can foster?

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

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.

Can I foster?

Here’s a quick and easy way to check if you can apply to be a foster carer.

Foster carer or foster parent?

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

Check your eligibility

Use our quick appraisal tool to see if you can apply to be a foster carer.

Start your fostering journey with National Fostering Group

  • We have fostering agencies all across the UK
  • Over 3,500 carers already part of our family
  • Benefit from our local support groups and social workers