There are more than 3,000 children and young people in foster care in Northern Ireland (February 2019).

The HSC Trusts have statutory responsibility for the welfare of all Looked After Children (LAC) in Northern Ireland.

We would like to recruit people who are patient, understanding, compassionate and flexible (and with a sense of humour) and who have time and space in their lives to devote to a child / young person’s needs.

We need more foster carers to meet the growing demand of children / young people who need to be cared for.

You can apply to foster whether:
- you are married, have a partner or are single
- you have children of your own or not
- you are in employment or are claiming benefits
- you own or rent your home

We welcome enquiries irrespective of your race, religion, language, culture, gender, disability, age, and sexual orientation.

All foster carers receive financial allowances, ongoing training and 24 hour social work support.

Click on the menu buttons to the left from What is fostering? to Frequently Asked Questions to read our fostering information pack.

Click on the Watch Fostering DVD icon to watch three sections from ‘Could YOU foster?’ DVD on You Tube. You can receive the full DVD by enquiring online or contacting your local Trust.