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What is fostering?

Derbyshire County Council need people from all walks of life to become foster carers and provide local homes for local children. You’ll provide a stable, safe and loving environment for a local child in need for a few days, a few weeks or longer-term. Fostering services across Derbyshire are organised and arranged by Derbyshire County Council.

Who can become a foster carer?

Foster carers do not need any special qualifications, you just need to:

  • be aged 21 or over with no upper age limit
  • have a spare room – or space in their bedroom for a cot for children aged up to 2 years old
  • go through a few initial checks before they are assessed
  • have some experience of caring for children, for example through working with them, through your family and friends, or through volunteering.

All prospective foster carers receive training and support throughout their foster carer journey.

Derbyshire is an inclusive authority and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds and communities, (for example, LGBT+, any ethnicity, race, culture and religion), single or in a relationship, married or civil partnership. You can be in work or not, and either rent or own your home

How do I become a foster carer?

You’ll be supported every step of the way by the County Council’s friendly fostering team. You’ll receive training and once you have a child placed with you, the Council offers a competitive package of financial support.

Ready to find out more? Enquire today with Derbyshire County Council.