Could you foster?
Could you make a difference to a child’s life?
Children are fostered for many different reasons and for different lengths of time.
They may not be able to live with their parents because they are experiencing illness, substance misuse or having relationship difficulties. It may also be because the child has been neglected or abused.
Foster carers provide the safe, warm, caring and stable home a child needs for as long as needed and this can be a hugely rewarding experience for carers.
As a foster carer you will be expected to meet the physical and emotional needs of the child or young person while they live with you and your family.
Who can foster? Our basic criteria
There are lots of myths around who can foster, however there are only a few things we insist on, the basic criteria are:
We know peoples circumstances change. If you don’t meet the criteria now but you expect to in the future, you can still get in touch and have a chat. We’ll then follow up with you when it’s more appropriate.
If you do meet the criteria above, you could foster for Dudley!
We welcome applications from:
You don’t need any formal qualifications – you will be trained with the skills to foster and be supported to achieve the training and development standards in England. You can sometimes continue to work and foster, depending on the type of fostering you want to do and the needs of the children you will be caring for.
To find out more read our FAQs
What makes a good foster carer?
Foster carers have lots of skills and qualities. If you can tick at least a few of the boxes below you could have what it takes to be one of our carers.
Fostering is one of the most rewarding jobs there is. All carers will experience highs and lows but when the rewards are as amazing as those below who wouldn’t think fostering is the best job in the world?
A bit about our children
Our children are all different. Different ages and genders, some have siblings, some have disabilities and they all need a home because of different circumstances. They all have their own special qualities and different support needs.
The thing that makes them all the same is there need for a foster family to give them a safe, loving and stable home, sometimes for a short period of time and sometimes on a more permanent basis.
That’s why our carers are so amazing, they make their homes the safe, loving and stable place our children need no matter what their background is.
Find out more about what our children have to say about us and how the birth children of our carers feel about being part of a foster family.
If you would like to find out more about fostering we would love to hear from you
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