Eligibility Criteria


At Team Fostering, we take pride in recruiting foster carers from all walks of life.
All of our carers have different backgrounds and life experiences, and this is important to us. Children and young people that are referred to us all have different circumstances, and so a diverse range of carers allows us to make positive matches that work well. 

We welcome all enquiries and we do not discriminate against anyone because of their age, race, gender or sexual orientation. There are basic criteria that foster carers should meet, however we do take time to consider all circumstances should you not meet these at the moment.

If you match the below and would like to have a discussion with a member of our team, you make an enquiry here or call our Recruitment Administrator, Sam, on 0800 292 2003.
Local office contact details can be found here.


  • Have a spare bedroom
  • Are available to care for a child or young person 24/7, although we consider applications from those who are self-employed or employed part-time
  • Live within the areas that Team Fostering cover
  • Are not already caring for any children under the age of 10 (this age may differ depending on your local authority)
  • Are single or in a stable relationship of over 2 years
  • Are over 21 years of age
  • Can drive and have access to a car
  • Own their own property or have permission from their landlord to foster in a rented property
  • Be committed to making a positive difference in a child’s life
  • Be able to provide a child or young person with a nurturing family environment, where they are valued, nurtured, loved and encouraged to achieve their full potential
  • Enjoy looking after children and young people, able to meet their needs and adapt well to different situations
  • While it is not essential to be a parent, it is important to have some relevant experience that may have prepared you for fostering
  • Promote a zero tolerance attitude towards discrimination and enjoy working as part of a team
  • Understand the challenges of foster caring and be prepared for the hard work that is required

The criteria for eligibility are pre-determined by the needs of the local authorities that place children and young people with Team Fostering. Therefore, it may be possible that there are slight differences to criteria depending on your area of residence. This is something that will be discussed in initial conversations if applicable.