Fostering refugee children in Bristol

Thank you for your interest in supporting unaccompanied asylum seeking children in the UK. Home for Good is working with local authorities across the UK and have launched our partnership with Bristol City Council to find foster carers for these children in the city. 

Bristol City Council want to do all they can to welcome refugee children in need of care but need more foster carers to help in this endeavour. They have seen a signifincant increase in the number of unaccompanied asylum seeking children in their care over the last year and have also responded to take refugee children from Calais. The majority of these children are boys aged 15 and over. Each of these children and young people needs a home where they can feel safe and be supported through to independence.

Can you welcome a child into your home?

By completing this form you will help Bristol City Council's fostering team know whether or not you are in a position to start the process of assessment and training to become an approved foster carer. We will pass your contact details and responses to the council's fostering team who will follow this up directly with you to start your assessment process.

Start your fostering journey

If you do not have a spare bedroom it is unlikely that you will be able to proceed with your application. Foster children over the age of three require their own room and are unable to share a room with other children in the household, except with siblings.

You need to be over 21 years of age to be a foster carer. There is no upper limit on age but foster carers are required to be sufficiently healthy to foster children.

What are their ages?
Having children is not a barrier to becoming a foster carer, but it is important to understand that the impact of fostering on those already in your household will be considered as part of the assessment process.

This could be as a parent, professionally, occasional childcare for family members, or other situations. Not having experience does not mean you wouldn’t be a great foster carer, but it is helpful to be able to identify transferable skills as you go through your fostering journey.

If you are in a couple both you and your partner must become approved foster carers. Usually one of the couple is identified as the main carer, although sometimes fostering tasks can be equally shared between both partners. It is important that both partners and other members in the household are all on board with the idea of becoming part of a fostering family. Our partner organisations welcome applications from single carers. All adults in your home are required to undertake an enhanced Disclosure and Baring Service check.

All foster carers will undergo a medical assessment to ensure they are well enough to look after a child in their care. Long term health conditions are not a barrier to fostering but will need to be disclosed during the assessment process.

Please note that you will have to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check as part of the assessment process. If you have had any previous involvement with social services or previous/unspent criminal convictions these must be declared at the beginning of the process.  Neither of these will necessarily prevent you from fostering a child, however need to be carefully considered as part of the assessment.