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. Panel meeting
  6. Skills to Foster training
  7. Your first placement

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 placement, which are designed to suit the needs of children, including short term and long term.

Start your fostering journey with National Fostering Group

  • We’re 14 close-knit independent fostering agencies
  • Over 3,500 carers already part of our family
  • Benefit from our local support groups and social workers