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Fostering introduction

Fostering is a huge subject to cover, at its most basic it's caring for someone else's child on behalf of the fostering service for anything from a few days up to a decade or more depending on the type of fostering.

There are a lot of options available to you as a foster carer, probably more than you think. There are different types of fostering that can fit around what time you can offer to look after a child, different ages of children and how long a child can stay with you.

We are looking for certain skills and qualities in our foster carers. We ask our carers to look after vulnerable children who need a caring place to stay. This is assessed through a process that involves training and background checks. Though there are certain things that will rule you out as a foster carer, there are probably fewer than you think.

Hopefully the information within these web pages will encourage you to take the next step into fostering. We have got many children and young people who would get a great deal from being part of a family like yours.

To find out more take a look at our videos to hear from some of our foster carers, see our TV advert on YouTube or like us on Facebook.

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a foster carer please contact us.

  • Fostering Brochure (PDF, 2148 KB)

    What fostering is really like in Sheffield. Everything from what you need to do to become a foster carer, the types of foster care available and the support we can offer afterwards.

Video of foster carers telling us about their experiences and why they became foster carers

Video of foster carers telling us telling us about the support they receive

Video of foster carers telling us about their experiences of long and short term fostering

  • Modified: Apr 2, 2015 11:10:02 AM