There are many different types of Fostering each requiring different skills & experience.
Become a Foster Parent
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.
Many Foster children lack the positive family experience, and encouragement that most children have enjoyed. 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 thinking of a 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.
Who can Foster a child?
You CAN Foster if you are:
- Any gender or sexuality;
- Single or 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.
Foster Parents come in all shapes and size, and from all walks of life, culture and backgrounds; and we welcome applications from everyone over the age of 21 - all ethnicities, faiths, gender and sexuality including LGBTQ+ applicants; individuals and couples; with or without experience of Fostering or being parents.
All we ask is that 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!
There is no one type of ‘perfect’ person we look for, so we encourage applications from everyone. Many people rule themselves out without even considering all the amazing skills, compassion, resilience and understanding that could make them a great Foster Parent.
If you are a healthy, energetic, capable, patient person and can see the potential in people who have not yet had the opportunities they deserve, then please get in touch for a chat about your Fostering options.