Can I foster in Scotland?

The first step is to check that you fulfil the basic general fostering requirements:

  • Are you at least 21 years old?
  • Do you have at least one spare bedroom in your home?
  • Are you a full-time resident of the UK, or do you have indefinite leave to remain?

If you have answered ‘yes’ to all three questions, you have fulfilled the initial criteria. We would now like to talk to you further about why you would like to become a foster carer, and ask you some more questions. Please complete our ‘start your fostering journey’ form on this page.

Watch some of our foster carers talk about why they chose TACT Scotland, and about the types of fostering required:


Who are the children we need foster carers for in Scotland?

We are recruiting foster carers all across Scotland, however there is a particular demand for foster carers in the following areas: Aberdeen, Ayrshire, Dundee, East Lothian, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Renfrewshire and West Lothian.

We would ideally like to hear from people who would like to care for children aged five years and over, sibling groups or children with complex needs.

The Promise Scotland

The Promise Scotland started back in 2016 when Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, made a commitment that Scotland “would come together and love its most vulnerable children and give them the childhood they deserve”. This led to an Independent Care Review, which was driven by those with experience of care and listening to the voices of over 5,500 children, young people and adults.

We are dedicated to #Keepthepromise to help continue to provide better lives for children and young people and ensure that every child and young person grows up feeling loved, safe and respected.

Read more about The Promise.

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Why foster with TACT?

Foster carers come to us for many reasons and they stay with us – because we help them do the most rewarding job in the world. Together we transform the lives of children and young people, giving them the chance to lead happy, loving, fulfilled lives.

At TACT we are more than just a fostering agency; as a charity we put our foster carers and the children they care for at the heart of everything that we do.

Choosing to become a foster carer is one of the most rewarding decisions you will ever make, and we will be by your side every step of the way making sure that you feel valued, encouraged and supported – that is why 98% of our foster carers would recommend fostering with TACT.

Read Abby's blog here

“It’s good to remember why you’re doing this – you’re giving children a chance for a better life.”

“I am a single mum of two birth children or as I call them, ‘belly babies’. Their father and I had always wanted to foster, our plan was to have children of our own and afterwards leave space for a ‘heart baby’ when the time was right. We started our fostering journey together, but we are now divorced, and I continue fostering as a single carer…”