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Who can foster a disabled child?

Who can foster a disabled child?

We proudly welcome people of all walks of life and background and believe that it's your personal qualities first and foremost that will make you a great foster carer. However, for us to accept an application there are some important things we will need to confirm with you, including:

  • That you have the time, patience and a secure and stable living situation for a child to join your family.
  • You have a spare bedroom that's big enough for a child to be comfortable.
  • You are a full-time resident in the UK or have leave to remain in the UK.

I didn't want to go back into the workplace, but needed to work. I thought, "What can I do at home? What can I do to use my skills based in the home?". It all just came together and felt the right time for the whole family. – Julie, Foster Carer

Do I need experience to be a foster carer?

To become a foster carer for children with disabilities you will need to have some relevant experience, but we find that experience can come in many forms.

You may have been a parent already or have relevant transferrable skills, learning or practice from past or current careers or voluntary work, which gives you a base to nurture your skills to provide a loving home environment for a child with disabilities.

We will provide you with bespoke comprehensive training for your fostering role, tailored to the needs of the children in your care. You will benefit from a reliable, experienced team and a friendly community of other fostering families for support and guidance.

Laura and Alex have been foster carers for children with disabilities since 2017

"Laura was a teacher to children with special needs and wanted a career change, so we decided to foster so we could make full use of her skills and experience.

Being at home, you don’t miss the progress the children make whereas when you do a 9 to 5 job you miss a lot. As foster carers we do get a lot of quality family time."

Laura & Alex

Laura & Alex

Disability Foster Carers

We have the expertise to support families caring for children with complex needs

Our team has extensive experience in supporting disability foster carers and their families. When you foster with Fostering Together, you also benefit from our established network of specialists and experts. Together we strive to provide the best possible support to our foster carers in their important role caring for children with the most complex of needs.


Discover more about becoming a  foster carer...

Whether you are new to fostering, wanting to learn more about this challenging and rewarding role, or an experienced carer considering transferring to a supportive provider which shares your principles and values, please get in touch today.

Leave your details below for a FREE fostering information guide as well as access to our 25 minute video presentation: Discover a Rewarding Career & Fulfilling Lifestyle Fostering a Child with Disabilities where you will discover a comprehensive summary of our supportive service and how we work with you to create positive futures for children with disabilities.

Free Information Packs

We are only able to assess families who are permanent residents of the UK. We are still more than happy to still send you information or answer any questions you might have for potentially in the future!