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What we look for


Children need your care, your time and your skills. You need to be interested in and able to talk to children and young people, to have time, energy and understanding, and above all, a sense of humour!

A foster carer provides day-today care and much more for a child who needs looking after. Your role is to support them, help them to develop and grow and to act on their behalf when dealing with others.

Many fostered children have been through some very traumatic experiences. They may have challenging behaviour or feel lonely and afraid. Training and support will be available to help you through the highs and lows.


Who can foster?

You don’t have to be a parent; you can be married, single, in a same sex relationship, lesbian or gay, retired, working or not working and rent or own property.

You must be over 21 years old; there is no upper age limit. Some foster carers live outside the Rotherham borders. It is important that you have a spare bedroom as a looked after child will need their own space.


What we want

We want you to:

  • Make sure our children are safe and well cared for
  • Work with other people involved with the child, including family members, other professionals such as social workers and teachers.
  • Manage behaviour without using physical or inappropriate punishment.
  • Help and support children’s learning.
  • Encourage children’s interests in activities.
  • Support young people into independence e.g. learning valuable life skills such as cooking, managing money, making appointments.
  • Promote contact – visits to parents and other family members
  • Help the child or young person to feel good about themselves and who they are.

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