Who can be a Foster Carer?

Anyone can apply to become a foster carer and we welcome applications from all sectors of the community. It is desirable that you must be able to show that you have experience of caring for and or working with young people and must be able to show that you have a strong network of support.

To be accepted for an assessment to become a foster carer with Caldecott Fostering you must:

  • Have a suitable spare* bedroom in your home.
  • Have some childcare experience**
  • If you are a couple then one of you must be prepared to give full time to the programme. If you are a single person then you must be prepared to give up your current job or be highly flexible so as to give your full time to the programme in the event the young person does not attend school for whatever reason.
  • If you are in a relationship, you will need to have been with your partner for at least two years**
  • You must be willing to work with young people who may have challenging behaviour and provide close supervision 24hours a day 7 days a week.
  • Have a positive network of friends and family to support you.
  • Be willing to work as part of a team for the best interests of the young person.

* Please note that your “spare” bedroom(s) need to be separate from your own
** Please note that these criteria’s are mandatory – we cannot consider applicants who don’t meet them

Many of the children and young people we work with have come from difficult background and so can be challenging or have multiple needs. Caldecott Fostering Services will give you 24 hour support, 7 days a week, but you need to be prepared to take the difficult times with the good.

Many of our young people have told us that their placement with a Caldecott foster carer has changed their life – it is impossible to underestimate the value of a stable, loving home to young people who may have moved home many times in their young lives.