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Anyone could change the life of a local child, could you?

Published: 11 October 2023

A powerful new fostering film has been launched as part of the ongoing drive to attract more people to care for a child or young person.

We are one of more than 80 local authorities and children’s trusts supporting the ‘Any of Us’ project which showcases fostering and aims to show that any of us could become a foster carer.

Our Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Safeguarding, Councillor Julie Patten, said:

“We’re really pleased to be able to launch the collaborative ‘Any of Us’ project in Derbyshire.

“Any of us could have what it takes to become a foster carer and we currently have children in Derbyshire waiting for a safe place to call home for a few nights, weeks or maybe longer. By fostering for Derbyshire, you’ll be there to help a child or young person through a difficult and confusing time, and we’ll be there to support you every step of the way.

“We need foster carers from all walks of life and are particularly in need of carers to help us support siblings and teenagers.

“There are lots of people in our community who already have the skills to change the life of a local child and I’d encourage anyone who thinks they could be foster carer to take the first step and find out more about fostering today.”

Anyone interested in fostering can find out more at our next virtual Talk Fostering event on Tuesday 24 October or call our friendly fostering team on tel: 0800 083 77 44.

Foster carers do not need any special qualifications, they just need to:

  • be aged 21 or over with no upper age limit
  • have a spare room - or space in their bedroom for a cot for children aged up to two
  • go through a few initial checks before they are assessed
  • have some experience of caring for children, for example through working with them, through your family and friends or through volunteering

All prospective foster carers receive training and support throughout their foster carer journey.

We are an inclusive authority and welcome applicants from all backgrounds and communities, (for example, LGBT+, any ethnicity, race, culture and religion); single or in a relationship, married or civil partnership; you can be in work or not, and either rent or own your home.