What is involved
Fostering involves looking after a child or young person as if they are a member of your family.
Croydon needs more foster carers, particularly for teenagers. Could you be a life changer and give a young person the head start they need? You will need a spare room and time to commit to caring.
You can be considered for fostering under many different circumstances, including if you are single, in a same sex relationship, renting a home or unemployed.
For more information, download our guide to 'Fostering - what you need to know' .
You can also come to one of our information sessions at Croydon Town Hall:
- Thursday 20 February - 6pm to 7pm
- Tuesday 3 March - 11am to 12pm
- Thursday 17 March - 6pm to 7pm
- Thursday 2 April - 11am to 12pm
Send us an enquiry
To let us know you're interested in fostering, please send us a message.
Becoming a short breaks carer of children with disabilities
If you are interested in becoming involved in working with children and young people with disabilities, but do not have sufficient time to do this on a full time fostering basis, you may wish to consider becoming a short breaks carer, domiciliary carer or scheme worker. We are looking to recruit carers who can look after a child or young person with a disability on a regular basis.
For more information on becoming a short break carer of children with disabilities, please see the document below.
You can watch a video of an interview with a Croydon Foster Family (first broadcast on ITV Daybreak in May 2012)
- Fostering and adoption booklet 2018-11 [1.0MB]
- Croydon Council Family and Friends Policy [1.0MB]
- Croydon staying put arrangements - carers guidance [1.0MB]
- Fostering article from Step Up magazine Jan 2014 [142.6KB]
- Fostering Statement of Purpose 2019 - 2020 [968.6KB]