Who Can Foster?
All foster carers are everyday heroes! They are just ordinary people with room in their home and their heart! You don’t need to have experience as we provide all the training and support you need.
We need people from all walks of life to be foster carers. It doesn’t matter if…
You’re retired or age 65+
You can foster whether you’re 25 or 78, as long as you have a zest for life and are committed to make a difference to children and young people.
You have a criminal record
Having a criminal record does not necessarily prevent you from becoming a foster carer – it depends what your convictions relate to and how recently they have taken place. Each case is individually looked at when you apply.
You’re single or in a couple
You can be a foster carer regardless of whether you live on your own, are part of a couple, or have a family. It’s not your status that matters, it’s the qualities and support you can give to a child.
You have a job or are unemployed
When you become a foster carer the children you look after will be your first priority but, as long as your job is flexible, working alongside fostering is fine.
You’ve not got much experience
It doesn’t matter whether you’ve had children or not or whether or not you have worked with children or young people before. If you have then these experiences may be really helpful, but we offer all the training and support you need regardless of any prior experience you have.
You can be a foster carer whether you’re gay or straight – it’s your personality and character that makes you a good foster carer not your sexual orientation.
There are thousands of children needing foster families and they come from a variety of religious and racial backgrounds, so we recruit a rich variety of carers to care for them.
You rent your home
It doesn’t matter whether you rent your home or own it yourself as long as you have a separate bedroom available for fostering.
You’ve got kids at home
You can foster whether you have children or not as long as you have a spare bedroom. If your children still live with you at home then we will make sure any children you foster fit well with your family and your circumstances.
What matters is that you want to make a positive difference!
Click on the relevant link to find out whether you can become a fostering hero.
Take the first step towards becoming
a foster carer today
Head Office: 2nd Floor Lansdowne House,
85 Buxton Road, Stockport, SK2 6LR
0800 023 4450
Parallel Parents is an independent fostering agency rated "outstanding" by Ofsted. We have over 20 years of experience and more than 200 foster carers looking after children and young people. We are a family run agency and believe that our child-focussed approach makes us really stand out from other agencies.