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Becoming a foster carer

Being a foster carer needs commitment and understanding. The difference made through foster care is hugely rewarding and satisfying.

Fostering is caring for someone else’s child in your own home. Foster carers look after babies, children and young people who are often distressed about being separated from their family.

As a foster carer, you will be providing care and support to a young person when they need it most. You will help shape a child’s future and will be rewarded with the knowledge that you have made a real difference and given a child the best possible start in life.

A child or young person may need looking after for many reasons, from illness in the family to parental drug and alcohol misuse or serious abuse. London also has many unaccompanied asylum-seeking children arriving who need a safe and stable home.

Being a foster carer can be challenging, but it is a hugely rewarding and satisfying role for you and your family. You are never alone when you foster with Islington, there is extensive support and training packages for all Islington foster carers.

What is the next step?

We recommend you attend one of our online information sessions. These are run fortnightly on Facebook Live with the team talking to foster carers about their experiences. You can also view past information sessions on our Islington Fostering Facebook page. This will help you get a good picture of if fostering is right for you.

If you would like to take the next step please call the team on 0207 527 7033 or 0800 073 0428 or email us at

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