Who can become a Plymouth Foster Carer?

There is no such thing as an ‘ideal’ foster carer and when we are looking for foster families, we are interested in what you can offer to a child and how you can best support the individual needs and experiences of Plymouth children in our care. You don’t need any special qualifications or training as we provide you with all the skills you need. All we ask is that you are child centred and have the space and time to care for a local Plymouth child. We will support and develop you as you take forward a Foster for Plymouth Journey. 

There are many myths surrounding fostering. The truth is that anyone over the age of 21 can be considered as a potential foster carer, regardless of marital status, disability, gender, religion, sexual orientation, income or whether you have parenting experience or not.


You must have:

The space for a foster child in your heart and home

The time and energy to invest in a child or young person

A genuine interest in the welfare and wellbeing of foster children

The enthusiasm and motivation to make a positive difference to a young person’s life


It doesn’t matter if:

You are single

You don’t have children of your own

You’re a tenant and/or live in a flat

You work, are unemployed or retired

You’re living with a disability

You have pets

If you have a question regarding eligibility, pick up the phone and speak with our Recruitment Advisor.

Everybody has something special to offer as a potential foster carer – join our Foster for Plymouth journey




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