What is fostering?

Fostering means looking after a child who cannot live with their biological parents, either for a short period or for the longer-term. Foster carers act as ‘substitute’ parents, and they come from all walks of life, just as our children in care do.

You could foster if:

  • you are a homeowner or renting
  • you are religious, or not
  • you are white, or a person of colour
  • you are able-bodied, or disabled
  • you are straight or LGBT+
  • you are single, cohabiting, or married
  • you are working full-time, part-time, or receiving benefits
  • and whatever your educational background

As you can see, there’s no ‘perfect’ person that we look for to join our fostering family here at Bexley. Many children in care lack the positive family experience that most children have, but all it takes is one foster carer to make a big difference in their lives.

We are interested in what you have to offer a child, rather than your marital status, ethnicity, sexuality, religious belief or whether you own a house or not. Having a pet will not prevent you from becoming a foster parent either.



If you would like to know more about fostering, we would love to hear from you.

Apply for the information pack


Talk to a member of our friendly fostering team on 020 3045 4400.

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