Foster a child
Foster carers look after somebody else’s child in their own home when the child is unable to live with their birth family. It can be for a short time or a number of years. Foster carers provide a loving, caring environment that every child needs.
Who can foster
Many types of people can foster. You can be single, married, in a relationship, LGBT, hetrosexual, and with or without your own children.
The skills you need
Foster cares need to be:
- good listeners
- patient and understand a child’s needs
- flexible with your work
- a non smoker
You need to have a spare room
We're pleased to hear from anyone who is interested in fostering, but it's important that you have a spare room.
Register your interest now
If you’re interested in finding out more about fostering, complete our short enquiry form. One of our friendly team will get in touch.
You can also come along to one of our information sessions where you can talk to someone already fostering with us and to an experienced social worker. These are held on the second Tuesday of every month from 6.30pm to 8pm at Canada Water Library.
Find out more about support
You can learn more about training, support and financial support on our Why foster for Southwark page.
Find out more about the fostering process
You can find more information about the fostering process here.
Page last updated: 14 June 2019