Am I eligible to foster?

Life as a foster carer is a great adventure. Supported every step of the way by Staffordshire County Council, you will make a real difference to a local child; you’ll help them to grow in confidence and get through difficult times. 

Most people can foster but there are some criteria which you need to meet:

  • you need to live in Staffordshire

  • you need to have a spare bedroom

  • you need to be at least 21 years old

You can be married, single, in a same sex relationship or not met a partner yet. If you are in a relationship you need to have lived together for a minimum of 2 years.

You can smoke and foster but to safeguard a child’s health, we won't place a child under the age of 5 within a household where somebody smokes. If you decide to give up smoking and want to foster a child under the age of 5 you must have given up for a period of at least 6 months prior to applying to becoming a foster carer. If you smoke e-cigarettes Staffordshire County Council will not see this as a reason to preclude you as a potential foster carer, purely on this basis. Your use of e-cigarettes will be assessed in the initial visit, as well as during the full prospective adopter assessment.

Fostering can be a challenge but when you foster with us you’re not only helping a local child you’re making a difference to your local community.  And because no two children are the same, we need foster carers from all kinds of backgrounds. 

Whatever your race, culture, gender, or relationship status the one thing you need to be able to offer is a stable and caring home.  

Further information

Come along to an information meeting or give our enquiry line a call on 0800 169 2061 to find out more.