We welcome enquiries from people of all religions, races, genders and sexuality. Our foster carers reflect a wide range of circumstances and life experience – for example, you may be married, single, in a relationship, divorced, widowed, employed or unemployed – we assess every application on an individual basis.
Do I need any special qualifications to foster?
No you don't. We will talk to you at the start of the process about the skills and experience you have to offer, and what you will need to provide. We prepare all our potential foster carers for what is involved in fostering, and offer a full range of support and advice when you become an approved carer.
You will need to genuinely enjoy the challenges of childcare, and it helps to have qualities such as patience, resourcefulness, flexibility and a sense of humour! There is no such thing as a typical foster carer - everybody has something to bring in terms of experience and knowledge. We have also introduced a payment for skills model that helps to identify what skills and competencies you need to start fostering, and at what level.
Do I need to have a particular type of accommodation?
You will need to have enough space so that the child or children you foster can have their own bedroom. You may own your own home, rent from the local authority or rent privately - what is more important is that you are able to offer space for a fostered child which meets their needs. We cannot take applications from people with one bedroom accommodation.
Can I apply if I live outside of Leeds?
Yes!. We do need foster carers to be based in the general locality, particularly those children who need short-term support. However, we would still like to hear from you if you live within a 20 mile radius of Leeds city centre which includes many of our bordering towns and cities.
For more advice, please contact us.
How old do I need to be?
You need to be at least 21 years old to be a foster carer. Those aged between 21 and 25 years old need to be able to demonstrate 'transferable experience'. We do not have an upper age limit, although it would be unusual to accept applications from people who are well into retirement age.
For friendly advice and support you can call us on: 0113 247 7443