Fostering in Nottinghamshire

Fostering is caring for a child or young person in your own home when they are unable to stay with their own families. By becoming a foster carer you can make a real difference to a child’s life. Find out more about how you can become a foster carer below.

Foster carers' journey

Local couple Emma and Jonathan had been thinking about fostering for some time, and last year enquired about fostering for the Council: "We both agreed that it would be amazing to help children develop and to give them opportunities that they might not have previously had". Read more about the couple’s journey and the unexpected benefits they have found from their experience.

Foster carers Emma and Jonathan

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Children waiting for foster homes

Find out about the children we typically have waiting for a loving Nottinghamshire foster home.

Read about the children

Who can foster?

You can be:

  • single, married, divorced or living together
  • in a same sex relationship
  • from any ethnic or religious background
  • a homeowner or living in rented accommodation
  • employed or on benefits
  • already a parent
  • living with disabilities

Who can't foster?

You can't:

  • be under 21 years old
  • have been living with your partner for less than two years
  • have children under the age of one
  • be pregnant, undergoing or have recently undergone fertility treatment
  • have convictions for offences against children (any other criminal history you have may affect your ability to foster).

Support and payments

We will be with you every step of the way on your journey to becoming a foster carer and provide support, training and guidance when you are fostering.

We know that people don’t foster for the money, but also recognise that you need to cover the costs of caring for a foster child.

Read about the support and payments we offer

Who can foster?

Foster carers come from all backgrounds. What's important is your interest in caring for a child.

It's required that you have some experience of caring or working with children or young people, and have a spare room.

Read about who can foster

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