Whatever your age, ethnicity or personal circumstances, fostering could be for you. It doesn’t matter if you are a home owner, tenant, or on housing benefit, as long as you can demonstrate that you can provide stability and safety to a child, then we will consider your application. We are ideally looking for people who live within a 15 mile radius of Tower Hamlets (in East London).
You’ll need to have a spare bedroom (unless you’d like to care for babies). There are several different types of fostering which suit different people. If you don’t work, you could consider babies or young children or flexible working families may find that looking after teenagers could fit in well.
It’s important to remember that we are not simply looking for people who have had straightforward lives. We will consider your family history sympathetically. We want to know how you have dealt with difficult experiences and what you have learned. Having survived and learned from difficulties or losses is likely to be helpful in fostering children and helping those who have had their own problems.
Fostering is not something than can be done in isolation. It affects your family and close friends. If you have children of your own, think carefully about how they will cope with sharing you, their home and their possessions. If you have a partner, fostering must be something you both want to do.
You need time, patience, tolerance and energy. You must be able to share your home and life with others, and there’s no doubt that a sense of humor goes a long way!