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Could you foster?

There is no typical foster carer and Wiltshire Council welcomes people from all backgrounds, nationalities, religions, genders and ages.

You will need to help the child keep in touch with their birth family and attend meetings to discuss the child's welfare and future plans. You may also help to return a child to their birth family or to move him or her to adopters or long term foster carers.

What is foster care?

Fostering is a way of providing family-based care for children who cannot live with their parents or other family.  It's about caring for a child in your own home usually on a temporary basis. You will undertake the day to day care of the child, including ensuring that their physical, emotional, educational and social needs are met. 

Most children who live with foster carers do so temporarily while children’s services work with their parents to try to help resolve their problems, however some children do not return to their families and may live with foster carers in the longer term or until an adoptive family is found for them. Foster Carers and their families make a genuinely positive difference to children and young people's lives.

Why do children need fostering?

Family problems sometimes make it difficult for children to remain with their family, either for a short time or long time. As a local authority we have responsibility to look after these children and foster care is often identified as the best option to meet their needs.

In Wiltshire more than 400 children and young people are looked after by Wiltshire Council and 77% of these children are cared for by our fostering families.  

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Our foster carers come from a diverse range of backgrounds. And it's not just for families, couples and single people can also enjoy the rewards and challenges that fostering brings.

Who can foster?

  • You must be at least 21 or over to foster but it doesn't matter whether you are male or female
  • You can be heterosexual, gay, lesbian or transgender
  • Married, single or living with a partner; able-bodied or living with a disability
  • It doesn't matter if you are living with your own children, step children or without children
  • You can either live in your own house or renting, in work, unemployed or retired
  • We welcome foster carers from any cultural, ethnic or social background

What's really important is that you can provide a safe, secure, nurturing home where children and young people's needs are met.

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People should consider fostering. If they have room in their home and room in their heart. The potential to do some incredibly good things for young people is there.

Vicky Hall

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Last updated: 18 April 2019 | Last reviewed: 18 April 2019