Interested in becoming a Cambridgeshire foster carer?
Fostering provides the stability and family support that a child or young person needs when they are unable to live at home with their parents. Some children return to their birth families or other family members while others remain with foster carers until they are ready to live independently. Some children move on to adoption or residential care. Children may need foster care for a range of different reasons, but in most cases they have experienced neglect or abuse and are at risk of significant harm.
Who can foster in Cambridgeshire?
Almost anyone over 21 who has a spare room in their home can apply to be a foster carer. As a foster carer you need to have the time, skills and experience to meet the needs of vulnerable children and young people who are separated from their families. Cambridgeshire’s foster carers represent a range of ages and cultural, racial and religious backgrounds. Carers can be heterosexual, gay or lesbian and applications are welcomed from people who are single, married, in a civil partnership or living with a partner.
In Cambridgeshire we are particularly keen to recruit carers who are able to provide homes for the following groups:
- older children and teenagers
- sibling groups of 2 or more children
- children and young people with disabilities
Support offered to Cambridgeshire foster carers includes:
- competitive financial support
- comprehensive training
- access to local professional support 24/7
- loan of equipment
- peer support through foster carer support groups
- mentoring and regular supervision
- induction programme (following the Children's Workforce Development Council standards)
- FosterTalk membership: unlimited, independent advice and support available to everyone in the fostering household
Cambridgeshire County Council Fostering Service
Fostering Service, Cambridgeshire County Council, Scott House, 5 George Street, Huntingdon PE29 3AD. Telephone: 0800 052 0078 Email: [email protected]