Could you foster?

We need all kinds of foster carers for all kinds of children.

Whether you are single, married or in a civil partnership, or have children of your own or not, we'd love to hear from you.

We promote equal opportunities for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ethnic background, age, religious beliefs, disability or marital status.

We are looking for people with:

  • energy and enthusiasm
  • patience
  • good communication skills
  • the time to care for a child (from regular weekends to full time)
  • a secure and stable home (you don't need to own your own home)
  • a spare bedroom

If you think you could foster, find out where we're looking for foster carers across Kent.


About you

Your children

If you are thinking about fostering then you will need to make this decision as a family. There is no particular age your children need to be and every family is different. Contact us for more information and we will discuss your situation with you.

We are committed to supporting the welfare of foster carers' children throughout the fostering process. If you already have child and are interested in fostering then we encourage you to bring them along to one of our fostering events to find out more.

If you haven't had children of your own you will still have skills and experience you can bring to the role and we will welcome your application.

Work

Depending on the type of foster care you would like to do, you may still be able to have another job. Foster carers looking after younger children full-time need to have one family member available at all times. 16+ foster carers can work and foster at the same time. There are also roles for short term carers.

Your home

You do not need to own your own home, as long as you have a spare room and a stable, loving home, you can foster.

If you are planning on moving to a new area, we normally ask that you wait for 6 months before applying to become a carer. This will give you time to settle into your new home and community.

You are welcome to contact us or attend one of our fostering events during this time to find out more about what's involved before applying.

Age

Our foster carers can be any age, including into your 60s or 70s. As long as you have the energy to look after a child, you can continue to foster.

Skills

We are here to help. You will be part of a team of professionals around the child including social workers, teachers and health workers.

We provide training to help you on your journey towards becoming a carer, and support is available around the clock.

Pets

Pets are an important part of many families, and keeping animals in your home will not necessarily exclude you from becoming a foster carer.

Our priority is for foster children to be placed in a safe environment. We'll speak to you about pets and you might have to find out whether they are likely to pose a threat to the welfare of any children placed in your home.


Could you foster?

If you think fostering might be for you, please contact us - we'd love to chat with you about your individual situation and find out more about you.

Find out where we're looking for foster carers across Kent.

If you live outside of Kent and want to know more about fostering, you should contact your home Local Authority fostering team. Contact details can be found on the BAAF Coram website.

"We have single foster carers, families, gay couples, pensioners and people from a wide range of backgrounds looking after children whose own homes have broken down. If someone has the room, the energy and the time to welcome a needy child into their family, we want to hear from them. There aren’t many careers where you really can change lives and foster carers have the chance to make a real difference to a child’s future."

Peter Oakford

Peter Oakford - Cabinet Member for Specialist Children's Services

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