Who can foster?

There is no such thing as a typical foster carer.

If you live in nearby boroughs such as Barking and Dagenham, Brentwood, Thurrock or Redbridge you may still be able to foster a Havering child.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of ethnicity, faith, age, sexuality, disability, background, marital or employment status.

Fostering requirements

If you can tick off each of these areas then you are likely to have what is needed to foster for Havering.
  • A spare room in your home
  • You live in Havering or a surrounding borough
  • Aged over 25 (there is no upper age limit)
  • Time to give to a vulnerable child or young person
  • You are in good health
  • Be flexible and keep the child at the centre of your life
  • You want to learn how to care for a child and to help them achieve their potential

Who can foster - The myths surrounding fostering

There are often many myths surrounding who can foster but to foster you can be:

  • single or in a couple
  • any sexuality
  • have your own children or not have children
  • be a home owner or live in a council, private or rented accommodation
  • employed or unemployed

Criminal convictions and fostering

A conviction will not necessarily stop you from being accepted but will mean your application will be given careful consideration.

If you have a criminal record but would like to foster contact us using the details below and we can look into whether you are able to foster.Fostering banner

Contact us

Complete a fostering enquiry form online

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