fostering dad with boy

Oxfordshire County Council Fostering Service

Foster Carers provide a caring and safe environment for children who cannot live at home with their parents. Children need foster homes for a variety of reasons.  The children are of all ages, but in particular we need carers for:

  • children over the age of 5
  • teenagers
  • sibling groups
  • children of black or dual ethnicity
  • children with disabilities

Becoming a Foster Carer is a big decision and it can take a lot of thought before you decide it’s right for you.  What’s important is that you have the right information and support to help you on your journey.  You won’t be on your own, you work with a team of professionals to help children reach their full potential.  Foster carers receive a generous allowance alongside specialist training and support.

In Oxfordshire, there are over 600 children in care, all of whom need support, guidance and loving homes.  Foster Carers come from all sorts of backgrounds, but the one thing they all have in common is that they all want to make a difference to a child’s life.

Who can be a Foster Carer?

Don’t listen to the myths, foster carers can be:

  • Single, in a civil partnership, married or unmarried
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or heterosexual
  • From any ethnic or religious background
  • A homeowner or living in rented accommodation
  • Working, unemployed or retired
  • Parents already
  • Any age (over 18)

Having a disability or a medical condition doesn’t exclude you from adopting or fostering, as long as you are able to cope with the rigours of parenting!

Fostering Information evening

Our fostering information session could be a great place to get some more information. With the increasing demand for foster carers and an increasing interest from LGBT communities to foster, this is the perfect opportunity for you to find out more. We will go through the fostering process, offer advice and answer any questions you may have about fostering.  You will also get the opportunity to speak to foster carers who can help you decide how fostering can fit in your life.

To arrange your place ring 0800 7835724

Fostering Information and Support

Oxfordshire County Council’s Fostering Services

Find out more about the different types of fostering, the process and all the support and training you will receive.
www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/fostering
0800 783 5724
fostering@oxfordshire.gov.uk

New Family Social

Oxfordshire County Council is a member of New Family Social, the UK network for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adoptive and foster families.
http://www.newfamilysocial.org.uk/