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Who can foster?

There is no such thing as a typical foster carer

Foster carers can be single or married, same sex, employed or unemployed, a home owner or living in rented accommodation. Foster carers are as different as the children they care for.

We want to help our foster carers be the best carers possible and to give South Tyneside's children the best start in life. 

What skills would I need?

All you need are life skills and to be able to provide a safe and secure loving home.

Life skills are simply qualities you will already have developed through life experiences. The assessment and training process will help identify and develop these qualities. Find out more about the Steps to becoming a foster carer.

Read our fostering FAQs or find out How much would I get paid for fostering?.

Is there an age limit?

You must be over 25 to foster (this may be younger if you have a previous relationship with the child you are to foster).

There is no particular upper age limit, but you must be able to care for and meet the needs of a child or young person. All applicants will have to undergo a medical assessment.

So don't rule yourself out before speaking to us.

When wouldn't be the best time to foster?

You will be advised not to pursue an application if you have recently faced significant challenges within your family, such as newly formed partnerships or reconstituted families, serious illness, pregnancy, separation or bereavement. 

Issues relating to historical or current legal proceedings (e.g. in relation to offences or financial concerns) will be considered on an individual basis.

Interested in becoming a foster carer?

If you would like more details about becoming a foster carer, give us a call for an informal chat. We are always happy to talk and meet with people who have an interest in foster caring.

Or you can enquire online, and one of the team will get in touch with you.

0191 423 8500

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