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Why foster with us?

We place Edinburgh’s children with our carers first. We have children needing placements from birth to 18 years.

As a local foster carer for the City of Edinburgh Council, you will benefit from:

  • access to a great support package including training courses and in-depth preparation groups
  • the best fostering match for you and your family by working closely with our recruitment team and the children’s social workers
  • consistent placements. The Council requires placements for all age groups throughout the year
  • a 28 day paid retainer if you are between placements
  • 21 days paid holiday per year
  • becoming part of the Council’s team of around 300 carers
  • Council-led carers local support groups
  • family outings and social events
  • our employee benefits scheme
  • a fulfilling career where you get a chance to make a real difference to young people’s lives

As a Foster with Edinburgh carer you become part of the team around the child and help in caring, planning, and supporting your foster child’s future.

Common myths about fostering with us

  • You don’t have to be married – you can be single, living with someone, or be in a same sex relationship
  • You don’t need a spare room to foster a child from birth to two
  • You don’t have to own the house or flat you live in
  • You don’t have to come from a certain ethnic background

Come and foster with us. We urgently need local foster carers for local children from birth to 18. They need you too.