A lot of foster carers already have their own children, feel they’ve done a good job raising them and want to give other children a good start in life.

You’ll need to think about the difference that other fostering will make to your own children and talk to them about it.

Usually a local authority will try not to place a foster child too close in age to your own children. In most cases if you’ve got a child under two years old we’d suggest you approach us once they are a bit older. This is because as a foster carer you’ll need to devote a lot of time and energy to your foster child and we don’t want you to struggle to meet the needs of your own child at the same time.

Please find below some downloadable resources produced by At home with Fostering:

  • For extended family
  • For adult children of potential foster carers
  • For teenage children of potential foster carers