I’m interested in fostering refugee children
– how do I start?
In order to provide a home for unaccompanied children and young people from Afghanistan or any other country, you will first need to be approved as a foster carer. This process usually takes around 6 months.
The first step is to check that you fulfil the basic requirements to become a foster carer. They are:
- You must be at least 21 years old
- You must have a spare bedroom
- You must be a full-time resident of the UK, or have indefinite leave to remain
- You must have good spoken and written English
- You must have the time and availability to dedicate yourself to fostering
If this sounds like you, we’d like to hear from you now. Please complete the short enquiry form on this page to start the process.
What will asylum seeking children be like?
The most important thing to bear in mind is that most children will be aged between 11-17 – and a large percentage will be male. Unlike fostering a child from the UK, very little may be known about asylum seeking children when they arrive.
What we do know is that they will have experienced varying degrees of trauma prior to leaving their home country. They may have been separated from their families – some may even have lost family members due to conflict in their home country. Whatever the specific reasons, they will be arriving in the UK tired, vulnerable and possibly very frightened.
What is it like to foster asylum seeking young people?
As a foster carer, your task will be to support these young people in their recovery of resilience, self-esteem, and emotional spirit by creating a safe environment and helping them settle into their new community. They will need your help to learn the language, the customs, and – most importantly – to feel that someone is there to protect them and advocate for them. You may also be required to support young people through the process of applying for permission to stay in the UK. In some cases, you may even need to prepare them to return to their own country.
We try to place children and young people with families where some of their culture or language may already be in place. However, this is not always possible, and we therefore need foster carers who are resourceful and will be able to facilitate the young person to maintain their culture.
We will work very closely with you and provide specialist training to help you support children who are seeking asylum.
Specialist support and training
If you’re interested in fostering refugees and unaccompanied asylum seeking children, we will identify relevant training courses that will help support you in this role. We will ensure that you feel confident and culturally aware of the children’s backgrounds as this will allow you to better understand the young person’s needs.
Our fostering team will be there to support you every step of the way, giving you the guidance and help required to provide stability to the young people in your care. We offer 24/7 support, which means no matter what day of the week or time it is, we will be there by your side when you need us most.