Can I foster a child?

Becoming a foster carer may seem like an impossible dream to you, but at Unity Foster Care, we welcome applicants of all ages, race, gender and identity!

It doesn't matter if you're single, a member of the LGBTQ+ community or over the age of 60 - as long as you fit our basic criteria, we'd love to hear from you!

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Foster carer eligibility critera

If you'd like to become a foster parent, you need to meet our basic requirements before we move onto the next stage of your application. Our foster carer criteria is:

  • Aged 25+
  • Have a spare bedroom
  • A UK citizen

And that's it! Ideally, we'd also love our foster carers to have access to their own transport, but we assess this on a case by case basis.

Who will I foster?

When you become an approved foster carer, you'll soon be welcoming amazing foster children into your home! You could offer fostering to a range of placements, including:

  • Babies & toddlers
  • Children
  • Teenagers
  • Siblings & sibling groups (3+)
  • Parent & child placements
  • Children with additional needs

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You can become a foster parent if...

You're single and want to apply on your own!

You're part of the LGBTQ+ community!

You're aged 55+, and you're ready to foster!

You rent your accommodation!

You have no birth/adoptive children of your own!

You already have your own children to care for!

You're still in full-time employment!

You weren't born in the UK, but you're a UK citizen!

Frequently asked questions!

If you are worried about a past offence which you think may stop you from becoming a foster parent, give us a call and have a chat. We’ll be able to advise you once we know a bit more.

Most definitely yes. Foster Children are expected to have their own rooms and privacy, but under certain circumstances siblings can share a room.


There are no legal age limits to becoming a foster carer. However, Unity have a lower age limit of 25 years. There is not an upper age limit, but much depends on the type of fostering you want to undertake. If in doubt, call us and have a chat.


Yes. We have many single male and female parents.

We have many carers from the LGBTQ+ community and we’d always welcome more.