All you ever wanted to know about fostering but were too afraid to ask!!

Foster carers

Foster carers can be all sorts of people from all sorts of backgrounds

It matters most to the children who need caring people to provide them with a family home where they will be safe and looked after.

Red Kite Fostering is currently looking to recruit foster carers in the Mid Wales and the Midlands region. The more people who are approved as foster carers, the more likely it is that a good match can be found for a child in terms of location, culture, lifestyle, language and interests, reducing this damaging instability and disruption.

What is Fostering?

Basically, fostering is looking after children who for any number of reasons have not got parents or family members who are able to look after them. Foster children come in all shapes, sizes, ages, personalities, so we need all sorts of foster carers to provide safe, loving, caring family homes.

What types of foster care is needed?

Red Kite Foster Carers provide a wide range of care to children;

  • long term fostering
  • short term fostering
  • emergency fostering
  • mother and baby assessment care
  • children with disability fostering
  • respite care

Who can foster?

Anyone aged over 21 can apply to be a foster carer with Red Kite Fostering.

Some people are more suited than others but there is no such thing as a ‘typical’ Foster Carer, we are all different, just like the children we care for. We have a diverse range of foster families and Red Kite Fostering is an equal opportunities agency.

What do I need to foster?

You need a spare room, good health, patience, a sense of humour and a desire to help children where others have failed. We will provide all the support you need to become foster carers. Give us a call and have a chat with one of our team to find out if fostering is for you!

Is it difficult to become a foster carer?

Nothing worthwhile is easy, but we make the process as simple as possible for you. There is a training course, an assessment of you and your family and a medical to complete. It normally takes around 12 weeks to complete the whole assessment and get you to the fostering panel.

Will I get paid?

You are not expected to do this for nothing! Red Kite Fostering pay a generous salary and allowances to its foster carers. You also get that feel good factor from helping others which is priceless!

Is it difficult?

Sometimes its not easy, foster children will try your patience from time to time and that is why its important to foster for an agency like Red Kite Fostering who offer a wide range of support and training to help you cope when it gets difficult.

What can Red Kite Fostering do for me?

Aside from salary and allowances you will get training, a 24/7 on call support worker, a supervising social worker, family support worker, adventure holidays for you and children in your care, 14 days paid holiday a year, travelling allowances, fun days out, free membership to Foster Talk, discount vouchers, tea and cake when you call in to the office, and so much more. You will be joining a highly motivated, professional team keen to help you succeed in fostering.

Once a child or young person is placed with you, you won’t be left to manage alone; you’ll be part of a team which includes a supervising social worker, therapist, and emergency social team and of course us at Red Kite HQ.


Don’t be afraid to ask us any questions about fostering or for any further information you need to help you decide whether fostering is right for you and your family. We will put you in touch with other foster carers so you can speak to them – this can be a very useful way to find out what fostering is really like.

Take a look below to see how you could take the first steps to being a foster carer.

If you would like more information on becoming a Foster Carer and joining our team please contact us.

Step 1 - Get In Touch

We will help you with information and advice on becoming a foster carer. You can email us or phone us to have a chat. It’s totally informal and we can send you some information on what it’s really like to be a foster carer; the challenges, support, training and rewards, both financial and personal.

Step 2 - Deciding To Apply

Once you’ve read through the information pack and decided you’d like to know more, we can come and visit you to chat it through further. When you have enough information, you can decide whether or not to make a formal application.

Step 3 - Assessment

When you’ve made the decision to apply, a social worker will be assigned to help you with the application process; they will guide you on the process and together you will prepare a report on your suitability to foster. Crucial to the process is pre-approval training which will help prepare the whole family for fostering.

Step 4 - Approval

Once your assessment is complete, your social worker will submit a full report to the Red Kite Fostering panel who will consider you suitability to foster. Red Kite Fostering will make a final decision based on what the panel recommend.

Step 5 - Finding a Placement

Once approved, it can take a while to find a suitable child or children to be fostered by you. A good match between a child and a foster family is essential. You will always have a qualified supervising social worker to help and support you in all aspect of your role.