Who can become a foster carer?
All sorts of people can foster, whatever their relationship status, sexual orientation, skin colour, cultural background or religious beliefs.
Swiis welcomes carers from all walks of life, including:
- Single people
- Couples (married and unmarried)
- Same-sex couples
- Homeowners and non-homeowners
- Employed or un-employed
- Parents and non-parents
For some fostering is a decision taken because they feel they have room in their lives for a child, while others may find fostering enhances their existing family.
Some of our carers already have experience working with children, while others don’t but are really keen to gain formal qualifications and can do so via Swiis’ comprehensive, free training.
For all fostering provides the chance to make a huge difference to a child’s life.
You can foster if:
- You don’t have children
- You already have children
- You are single
- You are in a same-sex relationship
- English is not your first language
- You are over 65
- You don’t have specific qualifications
By far the most important credential is your ability to listen, understand and be able to provide a caring, stable environment for a child or young person.
If you’re considering becoming a foster carer, you’ll need:
- Enthusiasm, a positive outlook and empathy
- A spare room in your home
- A flexible approach and willingness to work as a team
- Respect for individuality and diversity
- Willingness to learn from your own and other people’s experiences and to attend regular training
If you’d like more information about becoming a foster carer, have a look at our FAQs and speak to your local team to get feedback from other carers in your area.
“The promotion of equality and diversity is outstanding. The agency recruits carers from a range of backgrounds and cultures to meet the diverse needs of children placed.”
Leeds Ofsted Report, 2012