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Find out about fostering with us

Published: 17 February 2022

Residents are invited to find out how they could do something amazing and become one of our foster carers.


On Wednesday 23 February 2022 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm, our fostering team will be hosting an online Talk Fostering information event via Microsoft Teams to talk to potential carers and answer any questions.

Residents can just listen in from the comfort of their own home or ask as many questions as they'd like.

Find out more about fostering events in Derbyshire.

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

“Whether you’re thinking about becoming a foster carer or are totally new to the idea, our Talk Fostering information events are a great place to start.

“Our friendly team will be on hand to talk to you about how you could change a child’s life and answer any questions you might have.

“Fostering is an incredibly rewarding role and we offer training, benefits and a competitive package of financial support.

“If you can offer a stable, loving home for local children we’d love to hear from you.”

Anyone interesting in fostering can also find out more about fostering with us, sign up to our ‘all about fostering’ email bulletins or call our friendly fostering team on tel: 0800 083 77 44.

There are many different types of fostering opportunities with us which fit around work, family and different lifestyles.

Prospective foster carers receive ongoing support throughout the assessment process plus training, benefits and a competitive package of financial support once they are approved.

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

We are an inclusive authority and welcomes 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.