If you need any help, advice or support - or if you have an idea you would like to share with us
Here are a few questions to help you discover whether fostering is right for you and what we need from our foster parents.
I have a spare bedroom for a foster child
I will be available to care for a child full time
I am over 25 years old
I have a stable, positive home to offer a child
I am a patient, resilient and understanding person
We regard fostering as a profession. Therefore we'll treat you as a professional - we'll provide great pay, support and training. In return we expect our foster parents to provide a high standard of care for our children.
I want a professional career in fostering and am happy to undertake ongoing training
Fostering is life changing and rewarding work. It can also be challenging at times but our foster parents tell stories of the great satisfaction they gain with our expert support.
I understand that some children in fostering may have challenging behaviour due to the experiences they may have had
As a foster parent we require you to work as part of the By the Bridge team but also with social workers, teachers and health workers to help support the child.
I am able to talk and listen to young people, aswell as working part of a team to help support them