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Who can foster?

 Our foster carers come from all walks of life
– just like the children and young people who they care for

We are looking for all types of people to become our foster carers.

No matter your gender, sexual orientation, ethnic background, age, religious beliefs, disability or marital status.

What matters to us is that our foster carers can offer a child or young person support, care and love.

We will provide all the training you need, as well as financial and professional support so that you in turn can provide your foster child with all the support they need.

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What are the requirements?

You don’t need to have any formal qualifications – but you should have some experience of having children around you. We will also expect you to be committed to the training we offer.

You can apply to foster for Bromley if:

  1. You are over 21
  2. You have a spare bedroom available for use by a foster child
  3. You have no serious criminal convictions (including sexual offences, violent offences and/or cruelty to either adults or children)

 

Are there any other essential requirements?

Yes. To foster for Bromley you need to have:

  • a positive attitude to caring for children and young people and be interested in learning more about them
  • patience, adaptability and resilience - some of the children we need you to care for may be unpredictable because of their earlier life experiences
  • a sense of humour!
  • an ability to work as part of a team alongside social workers, teachers, health professionals and, where necessary, the child or young person’s family
  • a willingness for you and your family to undertake police and medical checks – and discuss any findings with us
  • a willingness to attend initial and ongoing training and support groups to enable you to foster successfully
  • a stable relationship if you are applying as a couple
  • a safe home within an hour of the London Borough of Bromley for short term fostering so that we can support you properly and the child can keep in touch with their family and friends
  • a willingness to provide a smoke-free environment – even if you are a smoker

You can also read through our myth-buster below to see who can - and who cannot - foster for Bromley.

 

The right time

We understand that the time must be right for you for you to become a foster carer.

We have found that people undergoing major life events, such as bereavement or moving house, need time to adjust before starting to foster.

However, you are still welcome to find out more – there is a wealth of information on this site and you can also come to one of our Drop-In Sessions.

Get in touch

 

Our online contact form

Call us

020 8461 7701

Email us

fostering-duty@bromley.gov.uk

Write to us

Fostering Team,
Civic Centre,
Stockwell Close,
Bromley, BR1 3UH

 

 

 

Come along to see us

 

 

 

Below are some common fostering myths that we hear. Please click to reveal answers.

“I won’t be allowed to foster because of my health condition or disability”

Having a health condition or disability won’t stop you from becoming one of our foster carers.

All we need to know is that you have the necessary fitness and stamina to take care of a child or young person.

We will work with you to discover which type of fostering would work best with your needs.

“I’d love to foster, but I don’t want to give up work”

Working won’t stand in the way of becoming a foster carer for us – though it might restrict the types of children you can foster. Young children and children with complex needs will need more full-time care.

If you are part of a couple, you would only need one foster parent to look after the child or children whilst the other would be able to work. Alternatively, you could foster older children of school age.

Many families combine work with fostering and our team would be happy to talk to you about the different options available for working families.

“I won’t be allowed to foster because I am retired or too old”

As long as you can provide a safe, stable and loving home and have the energy needed to take care of a child or young person, we would love to hear from you!

Our team would be more than happy to discuss how your needs can be accommodated – why not come along to see us or give us a call?

“I really want to foster but I wouldn't be able to afford to”

We are not interested in how well off you are.

Our main focus is whether you have the patience, energy and compassion to become one of our amazing foster carers!

To recognise the hard work and costs that come with caring for a child, we offer top rates of fostering allowances and a professional foster carers’ fee.

“Only people who own their own homes can foster”

This is wrong.

Both home owners and renters are able to foster Bromley children, including both private and social housing tenants.

All that we require is that you have a stable tenancy.

“I won’t be allowed to foster because I have my own children/have never had children”

Having your own children – whether living at home or not – is not a barrier to fostering for us.

Plenty of our foster carers have their own children living at home and if you do too, all we need to know is that they are happy to have a foster child join the family and that you have a spare room. Our team will make sure to include them in the process, taking their needs into account as well.

It is also not a problem if you don’t have any children, as long as you have had some experience of looking after children or young people, and you have the time, energy and care to give to a foster child.

“Fostering is only for straight couples”

This is wrong.

We welcome foster carers who are both couples and single people.

We also don’t discriminate against foster carers on the grounds of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability or religion. We have a diverse range of children needing care and we need a diverse group of carers to meet their needs.

“I wouldn’t be able to foster because I’ve had some difficult life experiences in the past”

Our team understand that many people have been through difficult past experiences and recognise that this can be a real positive and make you a stronger foster carer.

We will be on hand to talk to you about the demands of being a foster carer and make sure that you are in the right place to take that step towards making a positive change in a child’s life.

“Fostering is only really suitable for people who are have lots of free time”

There are many types of foster care, which means that we can work around other commitments and find the best way for you to become one of our amazing foster carers.

Why not take a look at the many different types of foster care that are available or come along to see us to find out about how we can work with your individual needs or time limitations.

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