Who can foster?

General Information

If you want to be a foster carer you can be:

  • from any social, ethnic and religious background
  • single or with a partner
  • married or unmarried
  • heterosexual or gay
  • already a parent
  • someone who has experience of caring for children.

You do not need to:

  • own a big house
  • live in a particular area of Brent - we need carers across the whole borough, in some cases we need long term foster carers to live outside of Brent
  • earn a certain income
  • be in employment
  • own your own home.

All foster carers will need to have:

  • a suitable space for the child, in most cases a spare room
  • an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • medical checks
  • checks with your local council
  • references from employers and people who know you well
  • a financial check.

Fostering can be a demanding task. You will certainly need to be in good health and need an understanding of the difficulties faced by children and their parents.

You will need to be committed to the welfare of children, which will need to be shared and supported by all your family members.

Hear from a Brent foster carer

Why foster with Brent?

Why foster with Brent?

At Brent we are passionate about supporting our foster carers and believe there are some great reasons why you should foster with Brent:

  • 24/7 social worker support
  • Foster Carers’ support group
  • Membership with Fostering Network
  • Start up equipment for a child in your home
  • Learning, development and training opportunities to enhance your skills as an individual, and as a foster carer
  • Great range of social events for foster carers and Looked after Children
  • Fortnightly e-newsletter to keep you updated with news and offers from the service
  • Fostering local children and young people so they benefit from staying in their local community rather than moving out of the borough to stay with external foster carers.

Our fantastic training and support package has been designed to make sure you have all the right tools to help children and young people in care to grow and flourish as individuals. If you are interested in finding out more about fostering please call us on 020 8937 4538 for a friendly chat, or you can complete an online enquiry form.