Fostering requirements

There are a few initial requirements to become a foster carer for Brent Council:

  • be over 21 (there is no upper age limit).
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK.
  • have available living space: space for a cot in the bedroom to foster babies (0-2 years-old), or a spare room in the house to accommodate older children.
  • you should live in Brent or the neighbouring boroughs so that children in your care will maintain their familiar links.

Your socio-cultural and religious background, marital status, sexual orientation, employment status and income are not relevant in the selection process. Things like your motivation to foster, commitment, and personality are more important.

To become a foster carer you need to enjoy the company of children, be willing to learn more and develop, be positive and resilient, and have the ability to look beyond a child’s actions to understand their behaviour. You also have to be able to work as part of a team with families, the fostering team members and other people in the child’s life.

Fostering is a demanding task, this is why it is important that you are in good health so that you can focus your energy on looking after the child. 

If you want to foster babies you need to live in a smoke-free house. This measure is in place to protect the health of children you will be looking after. You or anyone else in your household can get help to quit smoking through the NHS's stop smoking services or you can write to

For more details about additional requirements to foster as well as your eligibility to become a foster carer, please read our fostering FAQ's 

You can also get in touch with us and speak directly to a qualified social worker to find out if you meet the requirements to foster.