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Fostering - Becoming a Foster Carer

Our foster carers come from all walks of life. We welcome people from all backgrounds, nationalities, religions, genders and ages.  

If you want to foster, don't put off applying because you think you won't fit the bill - there's no such thing as a typical foster carer:

  • you don't need to have had your own children, but you do need some experience of looking after children or young people.
  • you can be single or married, living with a partner, lesbian, gay, bisexual or non-binary
  • you don't have to own your home, you can be renting, but you'll need a spare room that can be used as a bedroom.
  • you'll not be excluded for having a pet, unless it's a dangerous breed of dog - many children can benefit from living with a family pet.
  • you don't need to have any childcare qualifications; we'll provide any training you'll need, particularly if you're going to be looking after children who have specific needs.  We'll always consider your experience, knowledge and skills, and match the needs of the child before placing them with you.  

You'll need to be over 21 years old and have the space in your home and life to welcome a child.  

You'll also need to have patience, understanding and tolerance, as well as plenty of energy.  It's important that you can provide a stable, safe, secure and loving environment to a child or young person at what may be a challenging time.

We know that everyone's situation is different and we'll talk through your personal circumstances with you.  We'll also make sure it's the right time for you to foster, to give you and the child every chance to succeed.

For more information, check out our website, give us a call us or come along to one of our information sessions, the dates for these are listed on the link below

https://www.barnsley.gov.uk/services/children-families-and-education/fostering-in-barnsley/fostering-information-evenings/

 

Who to contact

Contact Name
The Fostering Team
Telephone
E-mail
fostering@barnsley.gov.uk
Website
https://www.barnsley.gov.uk/
Last updated on 03/02/2020
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