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You don’t need to have any formal qualifications – but you should have some experience of having children around you. We will also expect you to be committed to the training we offer.

You can apply to foster for Aberdeen City Council if:

  • You have a spare bedroom available for use by a foster child
  • You have no serious criminal convictions (including sexual offences, violent offences and/or cruelty to either adults or children)

Are there any other essential requirements?

Yes. To foster for Aberdeen City Council you need to have:
  • a positive attitude to caring for children and young people and be interested in learning more about them
  • patience, adaptability and resilience - some of the children we need you to care for may be unpredictable because of their earlier life experiences
  • a sense of humour!
  • an ability to work as part of a team alongside social workers, teachers, health professionals and, where necessary, the child or young person’s family
  • a willingness for you and your family to undertake police and medical checks – and discuss any findings with us
  • a willingness to attend initial and ongoing training and support groups to enable you to foster successfully
  • a stable relationship if you are applying as a couple

The right time

We understand that the time must be right for you for you to become a foster carer.
We have found that people undergoing major life events, such as bereavement or moving to a new house, need time to adjust before starting to foster.
However, you are still welcome to find out more – there is a wealth of information on this site and you can also come to one of the events that we have on going throughout the year.
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