All sorts of people become foster carers because children and young people have different requirements.  Some children may thrive in a bustling two-parent family with other children, while others may need the individual attention of just one adult who can devote their time to them.

Fostering serviced are looking for people who can provide the stability, love and encouragement that individual children need and there is no ‘ideal’ foster family – however much you may see stereotypes of foster families in TV dramas.  That includes people who are single or living with a partner (cohabiting), as well as people who are married and divorced.

If you are in a relationship (lesbian, gay or heterosexual), the service will want to make sure that the relationship is stable, so that you can provide security and continuity for fostered children.

if you are fostering alone, it’s very important to have a good network of friends and/or family.  This is essential because you will need to call on people to help out if you are ill or have to drop everything to be somewhere for the child or young person.  You will also need people you can turn to for friendship, emotional support and a chance to unwind, when things aren’t going so well.