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How to Become a Foster Carer

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Fostering is caring for a child or young person in your own home when they are unable to stay with their own families. 

Foster carers come from all backgrounds and we're looking for people just like you. What's really important is that you'd like to give a child a safe and loving home.

Have a look at our steps to fostering to learn about the steps to becoming a foster carer. You can also click here to sign up to receive weekly emails about fostering with us, including real life stories from foster carers and looked after children.

Could you foster?

Foster carers can be:

  • single, married, divorced or living together
  • in a same sex relationship
  • identifying as any gende
  • from any ethnic or religious backgroun
  • a homeowner , living in privately rented accommodation or living in local authority accommodatio
  • employed or in receipt of benefit
  • already a paren
  • living with disabilities

Most people can be considered as foster carers, but there are some requirements

  • ideally, you will have a spare bedroom for the sole use of a foster child (we may discuss 0-2 year olds sharing a foster carer’s room
  • you must live in or very near to Nottinghamshir
  • you must be aged over 2
  • you must have some experience of caring for or working with children or young people.

Already fostering with another organisation?

You can join our many carers that have transferred to us from another fostering agency. Click here to find out how to move to the council's fostering service.

What you are going to do:

Click here to download a Fostering Information Pack or click here to visit the council's fostering web pages

Contact the fostering team

Click here to complete a contact form, alternatively call 0115 804 4440 or email

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