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Could I foster?

In Edinburgh we believe it’s best if families are helped to stay together. However, we also know that there are times when children and young people can’t live in their own home or need extra help to do so.

Have you thought about caring but aren’t sure whether you’ve got what it takes? This section shows you who can care and how we help and support you.

Who can be a carer  – our foster carers come from all sorts of backgrounds and each brings their own unique experience to the role. Whatever your ethnic, religious, sexual orientation, cultural and language background, as long as you’re over 21 years old you could be eligible.

What carers do  – find out more about what carers do.

Steps to becoming a carer – the whole process is about finding safe, caring people to look after Edinburgh’s children. It is a two way process which helps people understand whether caring is really right for them and secondly it enables us to assess applicants.

How we support you – here at the City of Edinburgh Council we know that successful placements depend on the support we provide to our foster carers.