There is no official upper age limit for fostering, though you will have to be at least 21 years old before you can be considered.  A fostering service will expect you to be mature enough to look after someone else’s child, and to work effectively with the child’s family, social workers and other professionals involved in their care.  They will also expect you to have a level of stability and security in your life, and to have the health and stamina to be able to care for young children.

Grandparents can make excellent foster carers because of their parenting and grandparenting experience, although the fostering service will want to know that you are fit and well enough to undertake the task.