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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. We welcome applications from people who are single, married, in a civil partnership or living with a partner.

Our priority groups

We are particularly keen to hear from people who are able to care for children within at least one of our priority groups. 

  • sibling groups (brothers and sisters)
  • children over the age of 10 years and teenagers
  • children with disabilities
  • children with complex health and emotional needs
  • children needing permanent or long term placements.

Support for foster carers

Please take a look at our support, training and development page

Six steps to becoming a foster carer

Get in touch by completing our Make an enquiry. We’ll send you a pack containing information about fostering with Cambridgeshire County Council.

When you are ready, we’ll arrange a time convenient to you when we can come and visit you and your family at home. This is a great opportunity to find out more about which type of fostering will be best for you and to ask any questions you might have.

At the home visit, we will discuss if now is the right time for you to go ahead. If so, we will invite you to apply to be a foster carer.

Our locally based training course runs for four days over a period of a couple of weeks. Here you will get the chance to meet other potential foster carers, hear first hand from some of our looked after children and gain the skills you need to become a foster carer.

Existing carers transferring to Cambridgeshire County Council attend a shorter version of this training

A 'Form F assessment' is completed for all potential new foster carers. This includes us undertaking a number of background checks and gathering references. It is a very thorough and in-depth process, but your allocated fostering social worker will visit you regularly and support you through your application.

For carers transferring in from other agencies, we have a fast track process and you will not required to complete a full Form F

  • Your application will be presented to our local fostering panel.
  • You will also be asked to attend, along with your social worker, to answer any questions the panel may have.
  • A decision will then be made by panel regarding your suitability to foster and the age group and number of children you are approved to care for.

Once this decision has been verified by our Agency Decision Maker you will join our team of foster carers and will be ready to begin making a difference to the lives of our looked after children and young people.

Short video explaining the six steps to fostering

Interested in fostering with us? We'd love to hear from you.

Make an enquiry

Fostering Service, Cambridgeshire County Council, Scott House, 5 George Street, Huntingdon PE29 3AD.
Telephone: 0800 052 0078 Email: [email protected]

Fostering Service - Statement of Purpose

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