Guide To Fostering

Is there an age limit to becoming a foster carer?

Many people may be under the impression that you need to be a certain age to become a foster carer.

The truth is that, so long as you are fit and well, you can become a foster carer at any age – provided that you’re over the legal requirement of 21.

So, if you’re nearing retirement years and are worried it’s too late to look after a child, this blog will look at why this isn’t always the case.

Am I too old to look after a child?

We welcome applications from people of all ages, and those in the older age bracket are no exception.

As part of the assessment of becoming a foster carer, applicants will generally be required to undergo a medical examination, regardless of their age, to ensure they can meet the physical demands of looking after a child, such as school runs and partaking in activities.

So long as you’re fit and healthy and are able to dedicate your time to looking after a child, there is no “ideal” age for a foster parent – you just need to be ready and willing to open your home, and provide a safe and nurturing environment for the child to thrive.

To help you navigate the process, no matter where you are in your journey, full training will be provided here at Beacon Fostering, along with a lifetime of access to our supportive and inclusive network.

If you’re interested in providing foster care in Chester, Lancashire or anywhere else in the Northwest, reach out to our team today to get started.