Can I Foster?

Qualities of a Foster Carer

The following qualities are important:

  • You genuinely like and enjoy children and young people
  • You are patient, with a good sense of humour
  • You can work with other people to make sure the children and young people you care for have good experiences in family life, education, health and in things they enjoy doing
  • You understand how important birth families are to children and young people who are separated from them
  • You understand that children and young people who have experienced difficult and damaging pasts may be challenging and rejecting

It is easier to become a Foster Carer with HMG Fostering if you have experience of caring for, or supporting children and young people outside of your immediate family, or you may have previous experience of fostering.

HMG Fostering is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and all Foster Carers are expected to share this commitment.


Help Me Grow Foster Carers must…

  • Have a spare bedroom that can be used exclusively for a fostered child. Two siblings of the same gender may sometimes share a bedroom
  • Be able to transport children and young people to and from school and contact meetings
  • Demonstrate an awareness of, and commitment to, valuing difference in relation to ethnicity, religion, culture, disability, age and sexuality
  • Keep records, communicate and work with HMG Fostering and Local Authorities in planning for children and young people
  • Be available to a child or young person when needed. This may be during the daytime if their education is disrupted
  • Be prepared to foster children and young people from a wide age range
  • Be committed to on-going professional development and learning and to meeting good standards of care
  • Have a knowledge of and access to using a computer and email (training can be provided)