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Is there an age limit for foster parents?

Fostering is an essential part of the child welfare system in the UK, and it is a vital way to provide a safe and nurturing home for children in need. The process of becoming a foster parent involves meeting certain criteria, including age requirements.



What is the minimum age to foster a child in the UK?

In the UK, foster parents must be over the age of 21 years old, but they can be of any age over 21, as long as they are healthy, energetic, and able to meet the needs of a child. Potential foster parents must also be able to provide a stable and nurturing environment for the child.

Maximum age to foster

There is no specific maximum age limit for foster parents in the UK. Foster parents can continue to provide care for children as long as they are physically and emotionally capable of meeting the needs of the child. 

In order to become a foster parent, potential candidates must be able to demonstrate that they can provide a safe and nurturing home for the child, regardless of their age. They must also be able to attend meetings, appointments, and training sessions related to the child’s care.

Fostering finance calculator

Match Foster Care is dedicated to ensuring that all of our foster carers receive equitable and dependable fostering payments. These payments serve a crucial function, as they are intended to aid foster families in covering the expenses associated with providing a nurturing home and supporting a young individual. As a family-owned foster care agency in the UK, we take pride in acknowledging the valuable work that our foster carers carry out each day.

Your fostering allowance can also vary depending on special needs, as in some cases, foster parents will receive a more significant allowance to enable them to better care for children with specific behaviours or requirements. Check our fostering allowance calculator and see how much you would get depending on your circumstances.

Areas We Cover

Match Foster Care covers all over the West Midlands, including, BirminghamWorcestershireStaffordshireDudleySandwellHerefordshireTelford

WolverhamptonShropshireWalsallWarwickshireStokeSolihullCoventry and Gloucestershire.

We have two offices: one in Droitwich and one in Stoke but our staff are located across the whole region to provide local support when you most need it.  

Match Foster Care

Droitwich Office

Severn House, 30 – 32 Ombersley Street West, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire,

Match Foster Care

Stoke-on-Trent Office

3-5 Vale Street, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire,