Fostering

Our team of foster carers do an amazing job protecting, supporting and caring for children and young people in Hillingdon. We are always looking for more people to become foster carers and provide a stable family life, while we work with the family so that their child can hopefully return home. Foster carers receive a generous allowance and fee to look after children and young people.

Could you foster?

Children come into care for different reasons, such as a family crisis, parental illness, parental misuse of drugs or alcohol, child abuse or neglect or as unaccompanied minors. We need foster carers to provide a stable home for someone else's child(ren) while their family is unable to care for them.

Who can foster?


Video by The Fostering Network, illustrating the types of people who can foster.

We need foster carers from a variety of backgrounds, with different life experiences, skills and qualities to help meet the different needs of children and young people in Hillingdon. There are, however, some common criteria that we need from you.

    • Are you committed to caring for someone else's child?
    • Do you have the time and space in your life to offer a home to a child in need?
    • Are you aged 25-years-old and above?
    • Do you agree to completing various checks, including DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) and medical?
    • Do you have previous relevant childcare experience?
    • Do you have a spare bedroom for a child aged 2 years and above (carers for babies up to 2-years-old can have a cot placed in the foster carer's bedroom if there is sufficient space)?
    • Are you a non-smoker as that is required if fostering children under 5?

    If the answer is 'yes', then you could be the type of person we are looking for.

      We accept applications from people from any social, ethnic, cultural or religious background and it does not matter if you are single, married, living with a partner, or in a same-sex relationship. We want foster carers from all walks of life.

      You don't need to:

      • own your home - but you do need a secure rental tenancy
      • live in Hillingdon - but should live close enough to be within travelling distance of local schools
      • be in employment - but you do need to be financially stable

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      Page last updated: 13 May 2020