Become a Foster Parent

What is Fostering?

Fostering, in it's simplest terms is when you look after a child or young person while they can not live at home for a time - providing care and emotional support to a child or young person who cannot be cared for by their own parents or family. Every child deserves to grow up in a safe and nurturing home where they have support and encouragement so Fostering actually provides much more than just a stable home.


By providing a supportive and nurturing home, a Foster Parent can change a young person's life, helping them to feel safe, happy and valued.  A Foster Parent will have a huge impact on a child’s life, helping them to improve their confidence and self-esteem, and be able to build a brighter, stronger future. All it takes is someone like you, to make that difference.


If you are looking for a rewarding career that will change your life and the life of every child that comes into your home then becoming a Foster Parent with By the Bridge could be for you.

Contact Us to find out more.


Who can Foster a child?

You CAN Foster if you are:

  • Male or female;
  • Single, married, or in a relationship or not;
  • Have children already or not;
  • A homeowner or a tenant (you will need your landlord's permission);
  • New to Fostering or transferring from another agency or Local Authority - you don't need any specific qualifications - we will provide all the training you need.

You MUST have a spare bedroom for a child to call their own – in a stable home, but you don’t need to own it!

Foster Parents come in all shapes and size, and from all walks of life, backgrounds and cultures; and we welcome applications from everyone - regardless of your religion, culture or sexuality. If you would like to know more, please get in touch today.  

For more information, or to start your Fostering journey, give us a call on 0800 6446230 to speak to a member of our experienced and friendly team or complete a contact form.