Requirements to be a foster carer

We're dedicated to finding caring and supportive foster homes for children in need here in Sussex. Becoming a foster carer is a rewarding journey, and we are here to guide you through every step. Below are the essential requirements to become a foster carer.

Basic Eligibility

  • Age: You must be over 21 years of age.
  • Residency: Permanent UK resident or have indefinite leave to remain.
  • Accommodation: A spare bedroom available for the foster child.

Personal Qualities

  • Patience, empathy, and the ability to provide a stable and loving home.
  • Good communication skills and the ability to work with children from various backgrounds.
  • Commitment to supporting a child's education, health, and social development.

Health and Lifestyle

Your health and lifestyle should enable you to care adequately for a child. This includes:

  • Good physical and mental health.
  • A lifestyle that can accommodate the needs of a foster child.
  • Willingness to work with professionals for the best interest of the child.

Background Checks

All applicants will undergo thorough background checks, including:

  • DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check.
  • Personal and professional references.
  • Home safety assessment.

Training and Support

We provide comprehensive training and ongoing support to all our foster carers, covering:

  • Initial training on the key aspects of fostering.
  • Continuous professional development opportunities.
  • Access to support groups and experienced foster carers.

Interested in Becoming a Foster Carer?

If you meet these requirements and are interested in making a significant difference in a child's life, we encourage you to contact us for more information.