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Becoming a foster carer

If you foster with Islington you’ll get an allowance up to £450 per week - plus outstanding support and ongoing training

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, so they need to care about children’s feelings and meet their needs. 

Foster carers keep children healthy and safe and help them develop their life skills. This means encouraging hobbies and interests as well as meeting any special needs they may have.

Learn more about becoming a foster carer (PDF, 935KB)

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 an Islington foster carer can be challenging but it is a hugely rewarding and satisfying role, with an extensive support and training package for all foster carers. 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.

What is the next step?

If you have any further questions please call the team on 0800 073 0428 or email us at

To find out more you can attend one of our information sessions where you can talk to the team and current Islington foster carers. 

Details of the next sessions can be found on our how to apply page.

You can also drop in and talk to the recruitment team at our 3 Elwood Street, N5 1EB office, 10am – 4pm Monday-Friday.

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