What is fostering?
Fostering means providing a home and caring for a child or young person who needs looking after on a temporary or permanent basis.
There are around 750 children in care in Suffolk, and a range of different types of fostering possibilities.
Fostering is a challenging, but rewarding experience.
What do foster carers do?
As a foster carer you can make a real difference to a child's life, providing them with the nurturing home life they need to give them every chance of a happy childhood to succeed in life.
We have a community with over 350 carers in Suffolk. It's a big commitment to become a carer, but is extremely worthwhile.
Why become a foster carer?
- Make a real difference to a child’s life
- Enrich your own family life by gaining new insights, interests and skills
- Develop your own skills and career opportunities through support and training, including a Level 3 Diploma in Childcare
- Be part of a team, the largest family in Suffolk with over 350 foster carers
Why foster with Suffolk?
- The council is the longest established provider of fostering services and is accountable to the public. We're focused on maximising local resources rather than maximising profits
- We have direct access to a range of therapeutic and support services for children and their foster carers
- We offer 24-hour support and up to 21 days paid leave
- We have a competitive fees and allowances structure
Who can become a foster carer? You can be:
- married, single or living with a partner
- in full-time or part-time employment, or unemployed
male, female or transgender
- disabled or non-disabled
- a parent or childless (with experience of looking after children or young people)
- any race, religion or culture
any age over 21 (or 16 for link befriending), and fit enough to meet the needs of the age group you're fostering (age needn’t be a barrier to fostering)
a home owner, or living in rented accommodation