Fostering

 

Fostering with Buckinghamshire County Council – could you fit the bill?

 

You make a difference every day at work, but how about at home? There are hundreds of children and young people in Buckinghamshire looking for a foster home but many of these children are forced to live miles away from their family and friends simply because we don’t have enough foster carers to look after them in Bucks.

 

Could you help give a foster child a home?

 

Who can foster?

People from all backgrounds can 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 fresh 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

·         homeowner 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

·         qualities including energy and enthusiasm, understanding and patience and a sense of humour

How long does the process take?

Depending on your circumstances, the process to becoming a foster carer can take up to 6 months. You may feel this is a long time, but the process, as you will appreciate, has to be carried out thoroughly. We also want to ensure that anyone thinking about becoming a foster carer is supported and knows exactly what to expect.

Where I can find more information?

 

Find out more by visiting our website or calling 0800 160 1900 (Office hours: Monday – Thursday 9am – 5.30pm and Friday 9am – 5pm).

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