Could I Foster?

The Answer is Yes!

Cardiff’s children and young people are sparky, intelligent and vibrant individuals who come from a diverse range of cultural, religious and social backgrounds. They may have a variety of physical and mental health needs and all have their own unique and valuable story to tell. That’s why we need our foster carers to be as unique and diverse as the Capital’s young people themselves!

Whether you’re single, married, straight, LGBT+, disabled or have a family of your own- we will wholeheartedly support you throughout the foster care process.

The very fact you’ve visited our website means you’re already committed to improving outcomes for Cardiff’s very own young people. We’ll do everything we can to support you to become Foster Carers.

We’ve dispelled some common myths about fostering below. The chances are, however, that if you want to foster, we can make it happen.

The best people to answer your questions are our experienced and friendly foster care team. So, whether you’re concerned about your status, space in your home, owning pets- whatever- get in touch and we’ll talk you through what we can do to support you to foster.

Can I foster if ?

I am single or a single parent

You can foster whether you are married or not and it doesn’t matter if you are a parent or not – the skills and qualities you can offer are the most important elements in fostering.

I smoke

You can foster if you smoke, but you cannot care for children under 5.

I am retired

There are no official upper age limits. As long as you are reasonably fit and active you can foster.

I have my own children

Your own children would be included in the approval process too, as they are an important part of your family.

I own or rent a flat or small house

As long as you have room and can offer a safe, secure home environment you can foster a child.

I am disabled and/or have a health problem

Everyone who applies to foster will need to undergo a medical assessment as part of the process to make sure you are able to care for a child. If you are disabled or have a medical condition, our medical adviser will consider the factors and make recommendations on your suitability.

I have a criminal conviction

Criminal convictions do not necessarily exclude you from fostering. Much depends on the seriousness of the offence, how long ago the crime was committed and how you have lived your life since. People with convictions for violent or sexual offences against children cannot foster.

I work full time

Many parents work full time, managing a career and childcare. You may want to consider fostering part-time, as long as you can make a regular commitment.

I do not live in Cardiff

If you live very close to the Cardiff Local Authority boundary e.g. within approximately 20 miles you can foster with us.

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