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Could you change the life of a local child?

Published: 11 May 2022

To mark foster care fortnight, we're encouraging residents to consider starting their foster care journey. Fostering can be incredibly rewarding and is a chance to make a huge difference to the life of a local child.

Once approved, you’ll receive training and financial support and will be supported every step of the way by our fostering team.

There are a range of different types of fostering opportunities to suit different existing family and work commitments.

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

There has never been a better time to start your fostering journey.

“Fostering is incredibly rewarding, and it not only changes a child’s life, but it can change yours too. “You’ll be supported by our team every step of the way and once approved you’ll receive benefits and financial support.

“If you know someone who would make a fantastic foster carer, Foster Care Fortnight is also a great opportunity to start a conversation about fostering and encourage them to find out more.

“If you’re ready to do something amazing for a local Derbyshire child, we’d love to hear from you.”

Ruth, a current foster carer said:

“We have learned that we can make a difference in the lives of others just by being who we are and walking alongside these children. Sometimes we are just a stepping stone and we may never see the end of the journey, but other times we are in it for the long haul. Both are just as important.”

Anyone interested in fostering can find out more at the next in-person event at County Hall, Matlock on Thursday 12 May from 6.30 to 7.30pm or at the next virtual Talk Fostering event on Wednesday 25 May 2022 from 6.30 to 7.30pm. 

To be a foster carer you don’t need any special qualifications, you just need to:

  • be aged 21 or over with no upper age limit
  • have a spare room - or space in your bedroom for a cot for children aged up to 2 years old
  • go through a few initial checks before an assessment
  • have some experience of caring for children, for example through working with them, through your family and friends, or through volunteering

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

Find out more about becoming a foster carer, and register your interest.