Preparing to Foster

Am I eligible to become a foster carer?

If you are considering, or have decided, to become a foster carer, there are a few requirements you need to be aware of.

Read on to find out about the essentials that you need to prepare your home for fostering young people, regardless of background, race, gender, ethnicity or sexuality.


Those aged 21 or over can become foster carers. So long as you are fit and well, there is no upper age limit.

Citizenship and residence status

You’ll need to be a UK resident or citizen, or if not, hold an indefinite leave to remain.

Type of area you live in

If you’re caring for young children that will need to go to school, it can be of benefit to live in an inner city or suburban area, as these have abundant and (usually) reliable transport links, with access to good schools.

Plenty of space in your home

Those considering fostering must have at least one spare room. It’s important that a foster child has their own space, and to ensure that the house doesn’t become overcrowded, especially if you have children or grandchildren who either live with you, or stay overnight from time to time.

Although you don’t have to own your home, those who rent should check with their landlord that they have the relevant agreement.


All that is needed outside the practical arrangements is to have a big heart and be willing to be committed to providing a loving, stable environment to children and young people who are in need of this.

At Beacon Fostering, we provide everything you need to know about becoming a foster carer in the North West, whether you are transferring to us or just starting out.