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Foster carers do an amazing job of giving children the care and support they need at what may be a really difficult time in their lives.

In Buckinghamshire, we have 450 children in care but only 120 foster carers.

We want to keep local children within Bucks so they can stay close to friends and places and communities they are familiar with. Opening up your home to one of these children will help us do that and will make a huge difference not only to their lives but to yours too.

We need foster carers for all children, but we’re especially looking for foster carers for teenagers, sibling groups and children from minority ethnic groups.

To find out more and to get an information pack, please give us a call on 0800 160 1900 or complete our online form

Becoming a foster carer

What does fostering involve?

Fostering is a way of providing a safe and secure home environment for children and young people who cannot live with their own family.

As a foster carer, you will provide support for a child at a time when they need it the most. Many of the children who need fostering have been through some very traumatic experiences. They may have some challenging behaviour or they might just feel lonely and afraid.

Fostering can make a big impact to a child’s life and it’s the care and love you give them during this time that can make a real difference. This is why we will ensure you have all the skills and support necessary to enable you to do this well.


Who can foster?

There are some myths and misconceptions about who can and who cannot foster. The truth is that people from a whole range of backgrounds can and do become foster carers and we will work with you to give you all the support and training you need.

The one thing all foster carers have in common is that they enjoy the company of children and are truly committed to helping them have the start in life they deserve.

All enquiries are considered, you can be:

  • single – male or female, married, living as a couple, same-sex couple, divorced or widowed
  • with or without children
  • of any religious faith or none
  • of any cultural background
  • homeowners or renting
  • employed, retired or on benefits
  • with or without qualifications or experience with children

To become a foster carer you simply need:

  • a spare room, for the exclusive use of any foster child
  • to be 21 years of age or more (there is no upper age limit)
  • to enjoy the company of children and young people
  • sufficient time to care for a child or young person
  • energy and enthusiasm, understanding and patience and a sense of humour

What will you get?

In return for opening up your home and giving a child the care and love they deserve, you’ll get:

  • Lots of support from our fostering team, social workers and our great network of foster carers
  • Lots of training – we have an extensive programme of great training to help you with your new role – from attachment theory to first aid
  • A good allowance ranging from £176 – £359 per week for one child (amount will depend on the age of the child & any special needs they may have). Typically you could earn a tax free allowance equivalent to £14,643 a year (fostering one child).
  • Additional allowances towards the cost of celebrations for children such as birthdays, Christmas and other religious festivals
  • Above all, the reward of knowing that you’re making a difference and changing a young person’s life

To find out more and to get an information pack, please give us a call on 0800 160 1900 or complete our online form

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