Who can foster a child UK
We Welcome Applications...
At Ikon Fostering we fully welcome foster carer applications from people of all cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds, physical abilities and the LGBTQ community. Whether you are single, married, a homeowner or a tenant, your ability to care for and nurture a child or young person is what really matters most.
Find out more below…
Are you suitable to foster a child or young person?
With every potential foster carer we thoroughly assess that you are a good match. But there are a lot of misconceptions of who and who can not become a foster carer.
Foster Carers from all walks of life
As we work with foster carers from all walks of life this is a big advantage for finding a good match. As we place a diverse and wide range of children and young people who are looking for a nurturing home life we have a need for foster carers to come from just as diverse and wide ranging background.
Ability to provide the right care
We assess your suitability through your ability to work with Ikon Fostering as part of a professional team. We also assess through:
- Personal and legal references
- You must be aged over 21
- Full-time UK residency (or permission to remain in the UK)
- Ability to provide a nurturing and caring home environment (with an assessment of your home)
- Each foster child will need their own bedroom
- Your personal health, background and lifestyle
- Your availability for a foster child, such as if you are single you’ll need to be home full-time or have a flexible part-time job. If you are a couple then you need to arrange working hours so that at least one of you is available at all times
What can you offer a foster child?
Your life up to this point has been a preparation for becoming a foster carer. Whether you have raised a child yourself or are new to caring for a child or young person your extensive wealth of life experience and knowledge of:
- what it takes to raise a child
- or be a child growing up in a nurturing caring household
…are advantages to you becoming a foster carer.
A lot of the young people and children in our care simply looking an encouraging home that has a family sense of togetherness.
Bringing forth your own experiences of how your parents or guardians raised you works as a great reference point for you to start your fostering journey.
Qualities of a foster carer
Take a step back and ask yourself are you patient, understanding and willing, ready and able to respond and take care of the needs of a child in your care? If the answer is yes, then becoming a foster carer might be a good fit for you.
Transferable skills and foster caring
You don’t have to have worked with or had children of your own to become an excellent foster carer. Your individual skills, life experiences and talents are a big. part of why there will always be kids and young people that can benefit from your attentive support and care.
Experience in caring for a child along with direct experience in how to respond to a child’s health and emotional needs is inevitably an advantage.
If experience in having your own child or caring for any professionally is not where you are at currently then it is highly possible that you can draw on your other experiences in life. Have you ever received comments that you are good with young people? Do they respond to you well?
If you feel you have what it takes feel free to get in touch.
Start your fostering journey with Ikon Fostering
Dedicated and Supportive
We place young people and children with foster carers across the UK, including: Walsall, Dudley, Wolverhampton, Bilston, Aldridge, Lichfield, Tamworth, Telford, Birmingham, Coventry, Stafford, Warwick, Worcester, Brierley Hill, Stourbridge, the West Midlands, Staffordshire, Shropshire, surrounding areas and many other parts of the UK.
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