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To find out more about becoming a foster carer, including how much you could earn, download our information brochure.
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    About our foster carers
    About our foster carers

    Our foster carers come from diverse backgrounds.

    We welcome applications from people of all religions, sex, genders, race, age, sexual orientation and marital status.

    You may be non-disabled or living with an impairment. You may have children of your own, your children may have flown the nest, or you may be retired with time on your hands.

    You may have relevant and transferable experiences from working in related areas e.g. youth work, teaching, residential care or paediatric nursing.

    As long as you’re over 21, all that matters to us is that you’re healthy enough to meet the challenges and rewards fostering will provide.

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    I rent my home.
    Can I be a Wiltshire foster carer?

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    Yes, you can foster if you rent your home. All you need is a spare room for each foster child and your landlords permission.

    I have a young family.
    Can I be a Wiltshire foster carer?

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    Yes, you can foster with a young family. Your birth children will play an important role in making the foster child or children feel at home.

    I work.
    Can I be a Wiltshire foster carer?

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    Yes, you can still work and become a foster carer. Many people work from home or fit work around caring for young people.
    Fostering with Wiltshire Council
    Fostering with Wiltshire Council

    At Wiltshire Council we’re focussed on finding local foster carers for local young people, and providing local support for both.
    We always try to keep young people within the local area and make sure that siblings find a home where they can stay together.
    What really matters to us is keeping young people safe.

    “There is a lot of support for you from Wiltshire Council so if you have a wobble there’s someone there you can talk to. There is a good network around.”
    Mark, Foster carer
    Benefits of fostering with Wiltshire Council Benefits of fostering with Wiltshire Council
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    Buddy scheme
    We offer a buddying scheme to link new foster carers with experienced foster carers.
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    Local support
    We provide support for you and your family, including a dedicated local social worker, out of hours telephone support and monthly local support groups.
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    Discounts
    You will benefit from discounts in high street shops in Wiltshire and concessions at local sports, recreation and leisure facilities.

    I live on my own.
    Can I be a Wiltshire foster carer?

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    Yes, you can foster if you are single. There are many types of foster care, each designed to fit the needs of the young person and the abilities of the foster carer.

    I don’t have children.
    Can I be a Wiltshire foster carer?

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    Yes, you may have other relevant experience around caring for and/or working with young people. If you have space in your home and heart, you can be a foster carer.

    I already foster with an IFA.
    Can I be a Wiltshire foster carer?

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    Yes, if you’ve already been a foster carer or have relevant skills and experience in childcare we may ‘fast-track’ your application.
    Taking the next step
    Taking the next step
    Not sure what’s involved in becoming a foster carer? Here’s our step by step guide to the recruitment process.
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    To find out more about becoming a foster carer, including how much you could earn, download our information brochure.
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      I'd like to receive more information about fostering in Wiltshire. I give you permission to contact me about this role.