What is fostering? Can I foster? Luton needs more foster parents.

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What is fostering?

Fostering is where you provide a short- or long-term home for a child in need.

Foster carers look after children until they can go back to their family or a new, permanent home. This could be overnight, a couple of weeks, months or for a number of years – until they are at least 21 years old.

As well as personal support and training, foster carers also receive financial support in the form of an allowance.

Can I foster?

Fostering could be for you whatever your age, ethnicity or personal circumstances.

We’d love to hear from you if you:

  • are aged 21 or over – there is no upper age limit
  • are single, married or in a civil partnership
  • have children of your own or not
  • rent or own your home
  • have a spare bedroom
  • have the time, energy and strength of character to foster.

Essentially, we look for people where we can be confident that children placed in their care will be safe and well looked after.

There are some reasons why fostering may not be right for you. You can read more about this in our information pack or online, but if you are unsure, please don’t rule yourself out.

If you think there is any reason you might not be considered, please get in touch on 01582 547569 to find out for sure. We’d love to hear from you.

Please visit our website for more details. We will be happy to visit your meetings and tell you more.


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