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Thinking of fostering

We need people from all walks of life to provide safe spaces for local children.

Thinking of fostering

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Why foster in Derbyshire
There are a number of reasons to foster in Derbyshire.
Why foster in Derbyshire
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Becoming a foster carer
Learn about the steps involved in becoming a foster carer.
Learn about becoming a foster carer
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Allowances and support
Find out what allowances and support is available.
Find out about allowances and support

All we ask is that you have the space and can provide a much-needed home to a child or teenager for a few days, weeks, or sometimes months or years.

You'll get a lot out of being a foster carer and we'll pay you fees and allowances. There are different types of fostering and you can decide which you're interested in and what best suits you.

We've got a great team of foster carers but we’re always looking for new carers to make sure we have enough homes across Derbyshire wherever we may need them.

Speak to the team

We're happy to talk to you whether you're an existing foster carer or you wish to become one.

If you'd prefer to talk to us, you can call us on: 0800 083 77 44Read our privacy notice.

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What is fostering?

Fostering is caring for a child in your own home when they are unable to live with their birth family. If you choose to become a foster carer, you can improve a child's life by offering them support, guidance, and care, in a safe and nurturing environment.

Foster carers stay in contact with the birth families of the children placed with them, to hopefully help children return to their birth family where possible. All of our foster carers are supported by a team of professionals from social services, education and health care.

We offer fantastic training, great benefits and allowances.

You can be single or in a long-term relationship, with or without children, and you do not need to own your own home. All we ask is that you have a spare room or space in your bedroom for a cot for a child under 2-years-old.

Fostering myths

Learn the truth behind some of the common fostering myths.

Read common fostering myths

Who can foster?

We don't look for a particular type of person. Just like parents, foster carers come from a variety of different backgrounds.

You can be single, married, straight, gay or trans. Any ethnic origin. A couple, home owning or renting. Working or not. All you need is a spare room and to be aged 21 or over.

Transfer to us

If you currently foster for another agency, it’s easy to make the move to our fostering service.

Types of fostering

Find out about the different types of fostering and what might suit you best.

Learn more about the types of fostering