Manchester City Council

Social services Fostering

Check if you're eligible to foster

To be a foster carer you must:

  • be 21 or over; and
  • live in Greater Manchester; and
  • have a spare bedroom, or expect to have one; and
  • be happy for us to carry out checks to see that you'll be a good foster carer.

You can be a foster carer if you:

  • are in a relationship or single
  • are gay or straight
  • have your own children or not 
  • own or rent your home
  • have pets in your home or not
  • work or not work – as long as you have time to meet a child's needs.

We welcome people from any ethnic background or heritage.

We particularly like to hear from you if you have experience of looking after children, such as if you've been a teacher, a teaching assistant, a childminder, or have parenting experience.

Call 0800 988 8931 (9am to 4.30pm week days) or fill out our form if you want to become a foster carer, or just want to find out more.

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