Who can become a Foster Carer?

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Foster Care
Foster carers come from all walks of life, just like the children who need foster care. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Foster carers can be:
  • Male or female
  • Any age (there is no upper age limit to foster but you must be over 21)
  • Married, living together or single
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender
  • Employed, unemployed or retired
  • Home owner or tenant (with a spare bedroom)
  • Religious or non-religious
  • From any ethnic background
  • Disabled
  • People with children or no children, or grown up children who have left home.
We ask that you disclose any criminal convictions although they may not necessarily exclude you from being a foster carer unless you have committed offences against children.

You as applicants and members of your household aged 16 and over will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service Check.

In addition we will check out your details with other agencies such as Education, your employer and NSPCC.

Smoking Policy
Please note it is Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council's policy not to recruit and approve people who smoke for children up to the age of 5 years. Therefore anyone wants to be considered for training and approval as foster carers for children under 5 must make a commitment to cease smoking. 

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